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  • Amalia Rodrigues

    Ago 24 2007, 0h55

    Amália da Piedade Rebordão Rodrigues, GCSE, GCIH, pron. IPA: [ɐ'maliɐ ʁu'dɾigɨʃ], (July 1920 – October 6, 1999) was a Portuguese singer and actress. Born in Lisbon, official documents give her date of birth as July 23, but Rodrigues always said her birthday was July 1, 1920. She was born in the rua Martim Vaz (Martim Vaz Street), freguesia of Pena, Lisbon. Her father was a trumpet player and cobbler from Fundão who returned there when Amália was just over a year old, leaving her to live in Lisbon with her maternal grandmother in a deeply Catholic environment until she was 14, when her parents returned to the capital and she moved back in with them.
    She was known as the "Rainha do Fado" ("Queen of Fado") and was most influential in popularizing the fado worldwide. She was unquestionably the most important figure in the genre’s development[citation needed], by virtue of an innate interpretive talent carefully nurtured throughout a 40-year recording and stage career. Rodrigues' performances and choice of repertoire pushed Fado’s boundaries and helped redefine it and reconfigure it for her and subsequent generations. In effect, Rodrigues wrote the rulebook on what fado could be and on how a female singer—or Fadista—should perform it, to the extent that she remains an unsurpassable model and an unending source of repertoire for all those who came afterwards. Rodrigues also remains the sole truly international star to have ever come out of Portugal[citation needed], with an extensive international career between the 1950s and the 1970s, although in an era where such efforts were not as easily quantified as today. Other well-known international artists such as Madredeus, Dulce Pontes, Mariza and Cristina Branco have come close, however.Amalia Rodrigues
  • Savina Yannatou

    Ago 24 2007, 0h16

    Savina Yannatou (Greek: Σαβίνα Γιαννάτου/Savína Giannátou; born March 20, 1959 in Athens) is a renown professional Greek female singer.
    She studied singing at the Greek national conservatory of Athens and later at the England’s Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. Since 1979 she began working as a professional singer. In 1981 she released her first album Edo Lilipuli and since released 15 more in different languages. She is particularly known for singing mediterranean Renaissance and Baroque songs, as well as Sephardic ones, although she also made numerous classical and Jazz records.
    She has also composed her own music and songs (a.o. "Rosa das Rosas" and "Dreams of the mermaid" which were both released by Musurgia Graeca), as well as music for theater ("Medea" performed in 1997 by the National Greek Theatre), video art and dance theater.
    She has released and/or participated in over 20 LPs and CDs.Savina Yannatou