World Music Institute presents António Zambujo New Fado: Love in Portugal
Saturday, May 12, 8pm
NYU Skirball Center 566 LaGuardia Pl at Wash Sq South, NYC
Info/tickets: http://worldmusicinstitute.org/World_Music_Institute/Zambujo.html (212)545-7536
With his earthy and atmospheric songs, honeyed tones and sensitive interpretations, fado sensation António Zambujo has been called “the most beautiful male voice of fado today” (Le Figaro). Zambujo has been a major voice in the resurrection of male fado singers in a genre dominated by females in recent years. Winner of the Amália Rodrigues Foundation prize for Best Fado Male Singer, he merges traditional fado with _cante alentejano_ (male chant form from southern Portugal with North African influences) and Brazilian popular music.
“CHARMING AND DELICATE, EACH WORD IS SUNG AS IF THE WORLD’S MOST BEAUTIFUL WOMAN IS ZAMBUJO’S ONLY AUDIENCE.” – SONGLINES
ANTÓNIO ZAMBUJO, born in Beja, Alentejo in southern Portugal in 1975, grew up listening to _cante alentejano_ – a traditional male chant that has become a strong influence in his music. As a child, Zambujo studied clarinet, but soon became entranced with _fado_. He won a regional fado contest at the age of 16, and then began his professional career when Mário Pacheco, the renowned Portuguese guitarist and composer, invited him to sing in his Club de Fado in Lisbon. Soon afterwards, Zambujo was chosen to take the role of Francisco da Cruz, Amália Rodrigues’s first husband, in the blockbuster musical _Amália _directed by Filipe La Féria, one of Portugal’s foremost stage directors_; _Zambujo performed in the musical for four years in Lisbon and then toured with it in Portugal, achieving enormous success. After recording his first album _O mesmo fado_ in 2002, Zambujo won the prestigious ‘Radio Nova FM’ prize for the ‘Best New Fado Voice’ – an award previously received by Mariza, Camané and Mafalda Arnauth. Since then he has recorded four more albums: _Por meu cante; Outro Sentido_ (which was named ‘Top of the World’ album by _Songlines_) and _Guia_, which are available in the US on the World Village label; and _Quinto_, which was just released on Universal. In recent years Zambujo has collaborated with the Bulgarian women’s choir Angelite and top Portuguese pop and jazz singers, expanding the horizons of traditional _fado_ while remaining committed to its roots.