February 27, 2007


“Prime Minister José Sócrates, who was overwhelmingly elected on a pledge to modernize Portugal, has mixed feelings about fado.
"Fado is about nostalgia, a sadness that is very intimate,” Mr. Sócrates said in an interview. “I’m not a huge fan.” But as fado is a purely Portuguese product, he does not renounce it. “Fado,” he said, “must have the right environment, and the singers must be very special, to give it both beauty and a high standing.”

A foreigner's view of fado in The NY Times.

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