Tour Locations | The Soul of Alfama
LOCATION 40 | The Soul of Alfama
Rua dos Remédios 2
This street is both commercial and residential.
On your left, at n.83 is Tasca do Chico Fado House, with the dark green door and a chalk board.
I'll tell you about Fado while you walk.
Perhaps you heard already some Fado singing. I recommend you book an evening for listening to this unique genre, known as the “Portuguese Soul”. As well as being a music genre, Fado means “destiny” or “fate”.
It was classified as World Heritage by UNESCO in 2011, but the real origins of Lisbon's traditional song are hard to trace.
There is no written record of Fado before the 1800s. It's believed that its melody comes from the "lundum", Brazilian music genre with African roots. It follows a four-line stanza with 10-syllable count in each line.
In popular belief, Fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the less privileged, and infused with a sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia.