Fado and the Portuguese concept of ‘saudade’

Portuguese has a concept known as ‘saudade’ which, so I’ve been told, cannot be properly translated into English without lengthy explanation. This sentiment is often expressed in a music genre particular to Portugal called Fado (pronounced /’fadu/), which you can read about here

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fado

One of the most famous Fado singers is Mariza, one of whose most famous songs, called ‘Ó Gente da Minha Terra’, can be read and listened to here

http://letras.terra.com.br/mariza/485218/

If you know Spanish, Italian or French you should be able to understand at least some of the song reading. I first heard Mariza’s music in a city tour bus when I was in Oporto in spring of 2008, and I was blown away. As the title of the YouTube video suggests, ‘Fabuloso e Arrepiante!’

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