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On Her U.S. Debut 'Maria', Fado Singer Carminho Finds Beauty in Melancholy

Maria finds Carminho at her most intimate and personal, a collection of original tunes that honor the past while still defining her own voice as a trailblazing vocalist.

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Ana Moura: Leva-me aos Fados

Another excellent showcase for Moura's art. Backed by Custódio Castelo's subtle guitar, she evokes a number of fado's most important elements: its sense of melancholy, of fatalism, and of itself.

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Fado by Andrzej Stasiuk

Moving back and forth through memory and time, these essays act like a vehicle moving through historical, mental and natural landscapes.

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Deolinda: Canção Ao Lado

Canção ao Lado is fado music that grins at moody aesthetes and applauds practicality and humour.

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Rabih Abou-Khalil: Em Portugues

There's a feeling of power in this album, of adult strength being channeled and directed towards a common goal.

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Various Artists: Black Mirror

Ian Nagoski's selection is culturally broad, taking in Buddhist prayers from Laos, a Portuguese fado recorded in 1927, Irish-American piper folk and a prepubescent Swedish boy warbling over a zither.

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