Journey to the world of PortugueseÂ FadoÂ as interpreted by Ramana Vieira.Â Born in San Leandro, CA to Portuguese immigrants, Viera was raised on a diet of traditional Fado music that has made its way into the very core of her being. With inspiration from AmÃ¡lia Rodrigues to Shakira and Dulce Pontes, Vieira and her ensemble play both classics and their own original music.
Fado,Â the most widely recognized genre of Portuguese music, dates back to 19th century. Â The wordÂ FadoÂ literally means destiny or fate. Musically,Â FadoÂ is characterized by poetic lyrics related to the darker elements of love, loss, redemption, and occasionally humor–as heard on Viera’s original compositionÂ â€œA Fadistaâ€Â from her album Fado da Vida.
Vieiraâ€™s parents immigrated to the United States from Portugal, where her grandfather was a well-known musician and composer from Madeira Island. Vieira grew up listening to American pop, alongside Portuguese folk music andÂ Fado. Â â€œDuring my childhood, I sang with my mother to AmÃ¡lia Rodrigues and other famousÂ FadistasÂ (orÂ FadoÂ musicians) that were part of momâ€™s special record collection,â€ says Vieira.
Andrew Gilbert, writing in the Boston Globe, saysÂ â€œRamana Vieira deserves a prominent place in the front rank of todayâ€™s Fado singers. You will feel transported to another place….maybe Bairro Alto, Lisbon… Ramana Vieira is a force in spreading awareness of Fado, having developed her style in California, abroad in Portugal, and listening to its many modes.”
LyricistÂ Alex-De Lusignan, notes thatÂ â€œRamana is a hidden gem which the world deserves to discover: Her music blends together the most unlikely basic components – Californian ease and carefree spirit, with stern, melancholy, ancient Portuguese … and the result is a fascinating and unique style where Fado, Jazz, Groove, Ethereal, Blues, Salsa, Hip-Hop, Lounge, Classical and even Trance surprise you every time. Sheâ€™s passionate and light, like a warm sunset!”
Visit http://ramanavieira.net/stay_current.html to hear some samples of Viera’s work.
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