Mariza singing 'Meu Fado Meu'

It's a rare chance to have the difficult-to-define Fado style described by someone who grew up with it:

<b>Q: How did you start singing?

</b>A: I started to listen to and sing Fado at around 5 years old in Mouraria, a typical neighborhood in Lisbon where I grew up and where my parents had a small tavern. I grew up right in the centre of the tradition, surrounded by the purists ("fadistas"). I've heard them all sing. They still remain in my memory, and they were my teachers.

<b>Why did you enjoy singing in the Fado style?

</b>Because it was something always very present in my life since I can remember. It is something that comes naturally.

<b>Can anyone learn to sing Fado?

</b>Fado is unique. It doesn't exist anywhere else. It's different, and it can only be sung by Portuguese.

<b>How does a singer learn the Fado style?

</b>Fado is an oral tradition. That's how one can learn it, and it was how I learned it. It was a process made unconsciously.

<b>Why do you think Fado has become popular in other countries?

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