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Portugal • culture & heritage • historical • music • Spain
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Using Lisbon as a backdrop, Carlos Saura explores Portugal’s most emblematic musical genre. Tracing its African and Brazilian origins up to the new wave of modern faudistas, he ingeniously deploys mirrors, back projections, lighting effects, and lush colours to frame each song. Fados contains homages to such legends as Maria Severa and Amália Rodrigues, as well as stunning turns by modern stars like Mariza and Camané; but Saura also expands the songs with dance and encompasses other nationalities and idioms (such as hip hop, flamenco and reggae). This inclusive, non-purist approach conveys a grand vision of music’s power to break down boundaries.

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