Fado, that singular strain of balladry that is to Portugal what samba is to Brazil and tango is to Argentina, isn't exactly mainstream music here in the United States. It is a centuries-old tradition marked by the delicate murmur of the twelve-stringed Portuguese guitar; mournful female singers, black shawls draped over their shoulders, expressing a poetic sadness in almost operatic tones; and an inescapably nostalgic longing. As a result, one is more likely to find a fado record in a Salvation Army record bin than hear... More >>>