One of the things to do in Lisbon – now a popular tourist destination – is attend a Fado performance. The city’s tascas and adegas are filled with amateurs and professionals respectively belting their hearts out in Lisbon’s signature musical genre.
The Fado is most common in Alfama, the city’s oldest district that existed around the time of Moorish domination way back in the 700s BC. It later became the home of fisherfolk and the poor, the real salt of the earth, and by and by, a strong tradition of its typically melancholic song developed in the early 19th century.
The picturesque bylanes and tiny restaurants of Alfama are crowded with people every week eager to listen to soulful performances. It is an experience of a lifetime, surely.
Here in Goa, the connection with Portugal is strong, having being colonised for 400 years. Many of the traditions have lived on, but some of these are slowly dying out as a new generation takes over.
Cidade de Goa recognises the vibrant heritage attached to Fado and the picturesque district of Alfama. In homage, the resort even named its fine dining restaurant after the area and holds on to its rich Fado tradition by showcasing the musical art with special performances by renowned Fadistas and accompanying musicians on the first Tuesday of every month.
Typically, Fado gives voice to the Portuguese emotion of saudades – love and longing – with references to unrequited love and tales of the ocean. The genre today stretches through the full scale of emotions and often touches topics ranging from funny to tragic, happy to nostalgic, thus imitating life.
Cidade de Goa’s Noite de Fado at Alfama fine dining restaurant keeps the Fado alive in Goa with soulful renditions of classics as well as original compositions.