Fado Festival Morocco – 5th edition

Fado Festival Morocco

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Under the theme “Le Fado et la Mer”, Fado Festival returns for the 5th year in Morocco to offer a series of concerts in Rabat and Casablanca, an exhibition, a screening and a conference.

Showcase of Fado internationally, Fado festival is a traveling event that takes place in 17 major cities in Europe, Africa, Latin America and Asia; The Festival completes 12 editions in 2022 since its beginning in Madrid; In Morocco, Fado Festival will be organized for the 5th consecutive year.

The event aims to promote the Portuguese language, culture and brand abroad with one of the main emblems of the country: Fado, Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. The festival also helps to highlight Fado singers on the international music scene.

For his 5th edition in Morocco, Fado Festival will have as its theme “Fado and the Sea”. A nostalgic complaint par excellence, fado magnificently reflects the soul of a people who have long lived to the rhythm of sea travel. Fado was born from a mixture of influences that could only occur in a port city, such as Lisbon. Cradle of Fado, a melting pot of cultures since the Portuguese took to the sea, Lisbon has been the gateway to African and Brazilian sounds, which have given its song a unique sound and rhythm, which overseas are revealed to the whole world.

At the Mohammed V National Theater in Rabat and at the Studio des Arts Vivants in casablancathe public will have an appointment with artists representing the new generation of Fado: Joana Amendoeira (Tuesday 20/09 in Rabat and Thursday 22/09 in Casa)as well as the duo composed of the singer Camane and pianist and composer Mario Laginha (Friday 23/09 in Casablanca)

One of the great voices of current fado, Joana Amendoeira has long been considered the most precocious and promising Portuguese fadista of her generation. At the age of eleven, in 1995, she won the first prize for female interpretation at the big fado night in Porto. It was in 1998 that it was exported for the first time abroad as part of the Portuguese days in Budapest. From 2000, she performed regularly with Club De Fado, one of the most prestigious clubs in Lisbon. In 2002, she made a remarkable appearance on the tribute disc to Moniz Pereira, produced by Universal Music. It was following the release of her third eponymous album that Joana Amendoeira visited Europe: Holland, France, Spain and Austria. From then on, various collaborations were born and the singer received numerous awards.

Joana is a voice, that of a country, that of a nation that has always followed and supported her. A voice that knows how to convey all the emotion and warmth of a culture.

As for Camane, forerunner of the new generation of male fado singers; and Mario Laginha ; renowned Portuguese pianist and composer; they are two talented artists who are deeply Lisbon and identify unequivocally with their city. They will come to present their new collaboration “ Aqui está-se sossegado » (It’s quiet here). An opus designed from scratch to give the perfect brilliance to a voice and a piano that prove to be very complicit.

In addition to the three concerts, and with the aim of highlighting the many facets of Portuguese culture and Fado, the festival will organize in parallel three free activities at the Living Arts Studio in Casablanca:

A projection feature film Fado, História de uma Cantadeira » (1948), from the director Portuguese Perdigão Queiroga;

The film tells the story of the journey of a humble fado singer whose boyfriend, a carpenter, is her guitarist. She becomes famous, rich and leaves her neighborhood. When he leaves, she returns, and they reconcile. The sentimental plot, the excellent editing and the fados sung by the legendary singer Amália Rodrigues made this film one of the biggest box office successes in Portugal.

A conference under the theme ” Fado and the Sea ”, animated by the singer Rodrigo Costa Felix.

In addition to concerts and tours in Portugal and abroad, the vast experience and in-depth knowledge of the world of fado has allowed Rodrigo Costa Félix to lead several workshops and conferences on fado in universities, schools and festivals.

A exposure representative of Fado made by the Fado Museum and EGEAC (Portuguese cultural animation and equipment management company)

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