Despite sharing the same language and some common history, Brazil and Portugal sometimes appear very distant when it comes to cultural exchange – and especially the Portuguese presence, or lack thereof, here in Brazil. With this discrepancy in mind, the Festival de Fado is an excellent chance to learn more about the traditional Portuguese genre of music, characterised by a melancholy poetry and mournful sound that only the Portuguese could have invented.
The event, which mixes gigs, exhibitions and even gastronomy, takes place simultaneously at two locations in the city. HSBC Brasil will host performances from three big current names in fado – Mariza, Ana Moura (with a special appearance by the Brazilian rapper Criolo) and António Zambujo – as well as the Fado show, displaying historical items and documents from the Portugal’s Museu do Fado, in Lisbon.
Jazz live music venue Tom Jazz will host the young sensation Cuca Rosetta, set to share the stage with compatriot Miguel Capucho, with a special appearance by Brazilian singer Mariana Aydar. To accompany the evening, a dinner will be created by top Portuguese Chef Vitor Sobral.
Festival de Fado programme
Tom Jazz Avenida Angélica 2331, Higienópolis (3255 0084, tomjazz.com.br).
- Cuca Roseta with Miguel Capucho (with special guest Mariana Aydar) 9.30pm, 13 and 14 August. Tickets R$200 for two sets (dinner included).
- Mariza 9.30pm, 15 August
- António Zambujo 10pm, 16 August
- Ana Moura (with special guest Criolo) 11.15pm, 16 August