The unrivaled Queen of the Portuguese Fado, singer Amália Rodrigues was born in Lisboa's Alfama district in 1920; one of ten children, she was abandoned by her mother at the age of one and raised by her grandmother, spending her formative years selling produce on the streets and working as a seamstress. Against the wishes of her family, as a teen Rodrigues performed as a tango dancer, and at 19 she made her professional singing debut alongside her sister Celeste at the fashionable Lisboa nightspot Retiro da Severa. Within a year she was a star, selling out clubs every night; in 1944, she traveled to Brasil, drawing huge crowds during her stay at the Copacabana Casino and later returning to Rio de Janeiro to make her first recordings. Rodrigues not only popularized the fado throughout South America, she reinvented it — brilliantly fusing the urban and rural styles of Lisboa and Coimbra, she also sought out material which moved far beyond the traditional tales of failed romance to instead explore the deepest crises of the soul and spirit, delivering performances unmatched in their fatalistic power and haunting beauty.
This cache is located in the Jardim (garden) Amália Rodrigues above Parque (park) Eduardo VII wich is a few steps from Praça (square) Marquês de Pombal with views of old Lisboa, Castelo de S. Jorge (St. George's Castle) and the Rio Tejo (Tagus River).
Nearest BUS stop: "Palácio da Justiça" (Justice Palace) - BUS nrs. 18, 42, 51 and 203
Logbook, pencil, sharpener and an old 2,5 PTE coin.
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