Kirkland Performance Center presents António Zambujo Feb. 1

António Zambujo will play the Kirkland Performance Center on Feb. 1. - Contributed photo
António Zambujo will play the Kirkland Performance Center on Feb. 1.
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A leading voice in the revival of male fado singers, António Zambujo brings his distinctive style which merges traditional fado with cante alentejano-a North African-influenced male chant from southern Portugal-and Brazilian popular music to Kirkland Performance Center on at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 1.

Zambujo is known for pushing Portugal's folk music tradition into the contemporary, and it is his love for tradition together with his will to innovate the popular classic style that distinguishes him from other Fado singers. His earthy songs, sensitive interpretations, and arrangements often incorporate elements of bossa nova, M.P.B. (música popular brasileira), and jazz, and feature clarinet and cavaquinho led by acoustic bass and guitar. Legendary singer Caetano Veloso notes "...what you hear in Zambujo is something that goes deeper. He... makes us think about João Gilberto and everything that came into Brazilian music because of him."

Fado is an urban folk music, originating in the port city of Lisbon, where many cultures met and merged over centuries. The expression of fado is beautiful and melancholy, characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often infused with a characteristic sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia or saudade-a Portuguese word meaning longing for something that is eternally lost and will never come back. Fado combines elements of Portuguese country folk music with Moorish and African influences, among others.

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