Portuguese Music: Fado in Brazil


The origin of fado is somewhat disputed but a strong candidate is found in Brazil. There are aspects of fado that point to it being born around the same time as the lundu (an Afro-Brazilian music and dance) and modinha (a style of sentimental love song), and also the fado-dança. The so-called fado-dance was like a European square dance but conducted by singers skilled in improvising lyrics, with the addition of the sounds of a guitar and adufe (a Portuguese percussion instrument). Unfortunately, fado itself never really took off in Brazil but as long as it took off somewhere in the world, that's what matters…especially since I count it among my favorite styles of music.

Brazilian Culture: Drummond's Birthday and Colloquial Expression Dia D

Brazilian Poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade and Colloquial Portuguese Expression

On October 31 Brazilians celebrate Carlos Drummond de Andrade’s birthday. Drummond was one of the greatest Brazilian poets. Many consider him the most influential Brazilian poet of the 20th century.

His birthday is celebrated in Brazil as Dia DDia Drummond. Dia D is a play on a colloquial expression that I will explain below. I will also share with you one of my very favorite Drummond’s poem. You might know the song it was made into. And I will give you a link to find some of Drummond’s poems translated from Portuguese into English.