Fado music, Sintra
Fado first appeared in Portugal at the end of the eighteenth century, as a nostalgic form of song favoured by sailors. Its name derives from the Latin word fatum, meaning 'fate' or 'destiny', being sure of one`s own existence, and of the suffering and happiness that guide our lives.
In 1820, fado became popular in Lisbon and was best embodied in the voice of the great singer Maria Severa. At the end of the nineteenth century, it was adopted by aristocrats, who considered it to be an excellent vehicle for expressing their romantic emotions, and also by the great Portuguese poets and writers. Through the voice of Amália Rodrigues, fado was to become much better known internationally. If you want to learn more about this traditional song, make sure that you pay a visit to a Fado and Guitar House.