Fado singer Deolinda de Jesus presents her new album ‘Travo de Sal’ on Thursday at the Forum Luísa Todi in Setúbal, 20 years after her debut.
“I’m from a family of fado singers, I started singing at age 16, and soon with shows with reference names like Rodrigo and Vasco Rafael,” said Deolinda de Jesus, who defined herself as “a traditional fado singer, to fado “.
“Coming from a fado family, I drank a lot of fado in the [Estoril] line in houses like Antônio Chainho’s Picadeiro, Rodrigo’s Fort Rodrigo, or the Kopus Bar,” said the performer, who recorded on this CD ‘ Pieces of Life ‘(Artur Ribeiro / Fado Tamanquinhas by Carlos Neves), from the repertoire of Maria Valejo.
Referring to the album ‘The Travo de Sal’, Deolinda de Jesus said she expects to make it “nationally known.”
“With this record, I mean ‘I’m here.’ With him, I want you to know my work and my voice,” he said.
The album is mostly made up of themes from the fado repertoire, such as Vasco de Lima Couto and António Chainho’s “Nada é Pobre Quando É Povo”, a creation by Rodrigo, ‘What I Say to Saudade’ by José Luís Gordo, Mário Rainho and José Fontes Rocha, by the fado singer Maria da Fé, or Fado Varina, by José Carlos Ary dos Santos and Moniz Pereira, from the repertoire of Carlos do Carmo, among others.
“These are themes that I like, to which I give my interpretation, I appropriate, in a small way, the words of the poets, for each one feels his own way, and from there I have come to seek these and other fates, that I make them mine. For example, Rodrigo’s repertoire being so rich, it’s little sought after, and I sing ‘Nothing’s Poor When It’s People’ since I was 18, and as it’s very current, I decided to record it, “said the 58-year-old fado singer.
Citing one of the unpublished poems he recorded, “I feel the fate in the chest,” by Alexandrina Pereira, Deolinda de Jesus stated: “The fado slips on me / I sing it here in my own way / The way I feel it.”
The fado singer recorded this poem in the melody of Fado Três Bairros, by Casimiro Ramos.
Among the unpublished ones, there is also ‘A Travo de Sal’, which the poet Orlando Curto, ex-mayor of Setúbal, offered to include in his first album, ‘Estilos’, “which did not happen, and came to give a title to this CD, with music by Carlos Heitor da Fonseca. ”
Other unpublished are ‘Your Hands Are Autumn’, by Alexandrina Pereira, who recorded in the traditional melody of Fado Alfacinha, by Jaime Santos, and also of this poet, ‘A Aroma de Saudade’, with music by Heitor Fonseca, who signs the song and the lyrics of ‘The Night, the Fado and I’.
Deolinda de Jesus presents this album on Thursday night, at the Setubal stage, in a show with the participation of fadistas António José Proença, António Pinto Basto, Filipe Duarte, Miguel Camões, Miguel Ramos, Nuno Aguiar and Quim Gouveia. will be accompanied by the musicians Múcio de Sá, on the Portuguese guitar, Carlos Fonseca, on the guitar, and Miguel Silva, on the bass guitar.
The album was recorded at the studio of the House of Culture of Setúbal and the lineup includes ‘Rosa Vermelha’ (Ary dos Santos / Alain Oulman), a creation by Amália Rodrigues and ‘Prece’ by Pedro Homem de Mello, performed by Rui Veloso.
From the song “pop with a fadista arrangement of Múcio de Sá and Carlos Fonseca”, Deolinda de Jesus recorded ‘Travessa do Poço dos Negros’ (João Gil / Luís Represas).