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Song, Fado

António Zambujo

| Portugal

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Mark  this  date:  27th  November  2011.  Fado  is  internationally  lauded  as  world  intangible  cultural  heritage  by UNESCO.  Exactly  three  years  later,  on  27th  November  2014,  Portuguese  music  once  again  earns  that  same planetary  appraisal,  only  this  time  awarded  to  cante  alentejano  (traditional  polyphonic  singing  from  Alentejo,  a southern region of Portugal). It may sound funny or accidental, but it is certainly a fair assessment to acknowledge that  there  was  already  a  man  pioneering  a  balance  and  fusion  between  these  two  separate  and  deeply  rooted worlds, with similar greatness, parallel paths and undisclosed kinship: his name, António Zambujo.
However,  one  should  stress  early  on  that  Zambujo  never  sat  comfortably  on  the  personal  bridge  built  between these two musical margins, and never tried to manufacture an artificial and misleading passage between them.
On the  contrary,  they  both  work  as  a  natural  artistic  stimulation  and  a  solid basis.  He  rather  adopts  as  a  working method  the  adventure  of  being  disquiet,  of  stepping  into  the  other  margin  without  making  a  big  fuss  out  of  it  or falling numb.
With António, there’s this apparent feeling that while one cannot escape his destiny, it still lays on his hands the ability  of constantly trying to surpass oneself and  expand into  new realities. That  is precisely  the case with Zambujo, ever so indifferent to any frontiers or limitations.
António Zambujo was born on September 19, 1975, in Beja, Alentejo. Due to familiar and geographic vicinity, he grew  up  listening  to  the gravitas in  cante  alentejano.  It  is  a  known  fact  that  still  a  child  he  was  already  in  awe listening to a number of great fadistas, lead by Amália Rodrigues, but that also included the likes of Maria Teresa de Noronha, Alfredo Marceneiro and Max. Brought up on a happy musical childhood setting, he started to learn the clarinet barely eight-years old and he was also used to sing in family gatherings, eventually winning a contest for young  fadistas  by  the  time  he  had  turned  16.  Not  much  later  than  that,  he  relocated  to  Lisbon,  taking  a  bold decision that would shape his future.
He then quickly matured into a firm fado singer. First of all, lead by the wisdom of guitarrist and songwriter Mário Pacheco,  he  was  introduced  on  a  daily basis  (or  on  a  nightly  basis,  one  might  argue)  to  the  backstage  and  the secrets of the fado world, while being added to Clube do Fado’s cast. Second of all, he was given the chance to eliminate  any  stage  frights  and  insecurities  and  to  learn  the  tricks  of the  trade  when  he  was  picked  by  theater director Filipe La Féria to perform in the musical Amália, that had a remarkable run of four straight years; António was casted as Francisco Cruz, Amália’s first husband.


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