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Fado is the music of Portugal; traditional songs combining styles originally from AfrFadoica and Brazil.

The essence of fado is saudade - which means nostalgia, melancholy, a yearning for the past.

The word fado literally means fate, and this combination of destiny (an unalterable future), and suadade

In Portugal it is wine and port (from Porto) which fuels the suadade, and fado that gives it its voice. Sad songs as far removed from the pass
ion and temperament of Spanish flamenco, tarantella and zorcico, as Portuguese character is from the Spanish. (an inescapable past) says something of the Portuguese temperament.
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Location: Europe
Status: UN Country
Capital City: Lisbon (Lisboa)
Main Cities: Oporto
Population: 9,877,000
Area: 92,390 km2
Currency: 1 euro = 100 cents
Languages: Portuguese
Religions: Roman Catholic

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