” Carlos do Carmo was not only a noteworthy fado singer … one of his biggest contributions to Portuguese culture was the method he renewed fado and prepared it for the future,” Prime Minister Antonio Costa wrote on Twitter.
” He was the voice of Portugal,” President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa stated on broadcaster TVI.
Fado, which grew out of the streets and taverns of Lisbon in the 19th century, expresses the Portuguese tendency to “saudade” – a word for which no direct translation exists however suggests a bitter-sweet sense of yearning.
Although standard fado tunes were the core of do Carmos career, he brought in impacts from the musical styles of artists ranging from Brazilian bossa nova musicians to Frank Sinatra to provide the musical kind his own twist, at times singing with an orchestra rather of the standard ensemble of just a vocalist and 2 guitar gamers.
He took fado to the worlds greatest stages, from Londons Royal Albert Hall to New Yorks Town Hall. He likewise monitored a movie about fado, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2007.
In 2009, do Carmo was selected by Lisbons then mayor together with leading fado performer Mariza to be the ambassador of the musical genres candidacy for world heritage status, given two years later on by UNESCO.
Tributes gathered on social networks upon news of his passing. The Portuguese navy posted on Twitter on Friday that Lisbon, the city that motivated one Carmos most iconic songs, “awakened sensation sadder today”.
LISBON (Reuters) – Portuguese singer Carlos do Carmo, one of the countrys most beloved artists who was called the “Sinatra” of the emotional, melancholic fado music, passed away on Friday at the age of 81.
Do Carmo, born in Lisbon in 1939, stated bye-bye to the phase last year after a long profession throughout which he took fado around the globe. He became the first Portuguese artist to receive a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.
He passed away on the early morning of New Years Day at Lisbons Santa Maria medical facility after suffering an aortic aneurysm, Portuguese media reported.
Reporting by Catarina Demony; Editing by Victoria Waldersee and Angus MacSwan