Maria Severa, who lived in Lisbon in early 19th century was the first Fadista in Portugal to be acclaimed as a Fado performer. She is sometimes accredited with not just the popularity but also the origin of Fado music. She was a prostitute that sang fado and also played the Portugese Guitar. Severa has been uplifted to mythical proportions, and there are plays, musicals written about her life; including the first sound movie in Portugal in 1931. Severa died when she was only 26.

Maria Severa, who lived in Lisbon in early 19th century was the first Fadista in Portugal to be acclaimed as a Fado performer. She is sometimes accredited with not just the popularity but also the origin of Fado music. She was a prostitute that sang fado and also played the Portugese Guitar. Severa has been uplifted to mythical proportions, and there are plays, musicals written about her life; including the first sound movie in Portugal in 1931. Severa died when she was only 26.

Amália Rodrigues. Nem às paredes confesso. I was introduced to Fado in the 1970s and have loved it ever since.

Amália Rodrigues. Nem às paredes confesso. I was introduced to Fado in the 1970s and have loved it ever since.

Amália Rodrigues with her sister Celeste, Madrid, 1943.

Amália Rodrigues with her sister Celeste, Madrid, 1943.

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