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Katia Guerreiro - Fado

02 March 2009
A stellar album, both musically and lyrically.

Johnny Lais 28-05-2009

"Fado is a stellar album both musically and lyrically. Guerreiro's epic voice adds emotionality and old world sound to what is largely an album of traditional Fado ballads. Musically, this is an intriguing album, featuring some of the finest musicians from the genre. The songs are delivered with such impassioned intensity of feeling that this work will be a leader in the recent Fado revival currently being enjoyed in mainland Europe.

As a Fadista, Guerreiro is undoubtedly a leader in her field. Her voice is instantly recognisable with its deep, earthen tones and the simplistic ease with which she delivers the songs; at points soft and seductive, at others impassioned. Her skill as a vocalist is clearly evident, whether singing in French or Portuguese, Guerreiro maintains the ability to convey the meaning and emotion of the lyrics and the music to a non-native audience.

Fado is an enticing album and should appeal to those not familiar with the genre, comparable to the arabesque styles of south Spanish flamenco. Gerreiro's voice is as masterful as the accompanying musicians that play on this album. The tracks Mundo and Fado Dos Olhos make clear the extent of her expertise and vocal range.

Guerreiro's most intriguing feature is her delivery. Each syllable of the lyrics sounds as though it was carefully scrutinised and chosen. The overall effect is one of a beautiful female voice singing with a passion and force that would usually be associated with male vocalists of the genre. As an artist, Katia Guerreiro is an exciting talent who no doubt will continue to deliver."

Emergency room physician and musician, Katia Guerreiro is an exceptional Fado singer.
At the age of 18, she began studying medicine in Lisbon, along with playing music (she had been performing since childhood. Katia sings, plays “Viola da Terra”, and occasionally appears with the Folk band “The Charruas.” She is also a member of the medicine faculty orchestra. One night, to celebrate her doctorate, she went to a Fado venue and was invited to sing… Everyone, musicians, audience, artists, staff were mesmerised by the sound of her voice. Within minutes, she had become the new revelation of Fado. Two magnificent albums followed: “Fado Maior” in 2001 and “Nas Maos Do Fado” in 2003. Katia continued to astonish with her new album “Tudo ou Nada”, released in France in 2006 (Harmonia Mundi).
Over the last few years, Fado has been enjoying an unprecedented revival, thanks to new voices like Misia and Cristina Branco. Katia Guerreiro distinguishes herself from her elders by openly associating herself with the First Lady of Fado, Amalia Rodrigues.
Less tragic an actress than Amalia, Katia shows amazing musicality, and a strong and slightly scratched voice. It is no coincidence that connoisseurs see in Katia a sensibility close to Amalia’s.
As Katia likes to say: “I sing Fado to cure the soul but I am still a doctor to treat the suffering.”
1. Fado dos Olhos
2. Pranto de Amor Ausente
3. A Voz da Poesia
4. Ponham Flores na Mesa
5. Estranha Paixão
6. Casa da Colina
7. A Cidade Saudade
8. A Nossa Gente, o Nosso Fado
9. Renasce
10. Lírio Roxo
11. Poema da Malta das Naus
12. Mundo
13. Lisboa
14. Eu Queria Cantar-te Um Fado