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June 23, 2008 The Portuguese folk music called fado is enjoying a surge in popularity, thanks to international stars like Mariza. But in the narrow alleys of Lisbon's Alfama district, locals like their fado stripped down to its soulful essentials.
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May 3, 2007 On this edition of All Songs Considered: you may fall in love with Portugal. Host Bob Boilen visits the city of Porto and meets one amazing Portuguese radio DJ, Alvaro Costa. Costa takes us on a journey that includes master of the Portuguese 12-string guitar Carlos Paredes but also includes Portuguese rock, reggae electronica but also pimba, the most popular music of all.
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May 16, 2003 Mariza is a 29-year-old singer of fado — the rich, emotionally textured music tradition from Portugal. She recently spoke with NPR's Melissa Block about her childhood in Lisbon, and about how fado has been her anchor. Hear samples from Mariza's latest CD, Fado Curvo.
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