Photographer's Note

Guitar at the prow is a monument dedicated to Amália Rodrigues, to Fado and to the city of Lisbon. It is located in Belém, Lisbon near the Electricity Museum.

In the WorkShop you can see the face of the monument.

PS: Commenting some of my Vasco da Gama Bridge photos, our friend Xuaxo always says that he doesn't like the bridge although he likes my photos of it; he says that he finds the 25 April Bridge much more interesting. So, I would like to dedicate to him this first picture of mine with that bridge and hoping he and all of you like it as well. REgards.

About Amália:

Amália da Piedade Rebordão Rodrigues, July 23, 1920 – October 6, 1999) was a Portuguese singer and actress. Born in Lisbon, official documents give her date of birth as July 23, but Rodrigues always said her birthday was July 1, 1920. She was born in the rua Martim Vaz (Martim Vaz Street), freguesia of Pena, Lisbon. Her father was a trumpet player and cobbler from Fundão who returned there when Amália was just over a year old, leaving her to live in Lisbon with her maternal grandmother in a deeply Catholic environment until she was 14, when her parents returned to the capital and she moved back in with them.

She was known as the "Rainha do Fado" ("Queen of Fado") and was most influential in popularizing the fado worldwide. She was unquestionably the most important figure in the genre’s development, by virtue of an innate interpretive talent carefully nurtured throughout a 40-year recording and stage career. Rodrigues' performances and choice of repertoire pushed Fado’s boundaries and helped redefine it and reconfigure it for her and subsequent generations.
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About Fado:
Fado (translated as destiny or fate) is a music genre which can be traced from the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier origins. In popular belief, Fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor. However, in reality Fado is simply a form of song which can be about anything, but must follow a certain structure.

The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word saudade (that has no match in English but it could be understood as nostalgia felt while missing someone), a word describing a sentiment. Another similar English translation can be to pine for something or someone.
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