Friday, July 05, 2013


This card is very interesting for two reasons - first it is a picture of a painting in tiles (Azulejo), one of the most traditional portuguese art and craft inherited from the moors; second because it represents the FADO, trully the trademark of Lisbon and Portugal in the world and a UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage since 2011. Thank you very much Sofia, I love this card! This postcard took 2 days to arrive!

FADO Azulejo (tile painting) - PORTUGAL
Fado is a performance genre incorporating music and poetry widely practised by various communities in Lisbon. It represents a Portuguese multicultural synthesis of Afro-Brazilian sung dances, local traditional genres of song and dance and musical traditions from rural areas of the country brought by successive waves of internal immigration. Fado songs are usually performed by a solo singer, male or female, traditionally accompanied by the Portuguese guitarra – a pear-shaped cittern with twelve wire strings, unique to Portugal, which also has an extensive solo repertoire.

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