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AlentejoLarge mainly-agricultural region south of Lisbon with its own distinct culture, music and politics.
Amália RodriguesLate Queen of the Fado singers, Portugal's most famous woman.
Ana MouraStrong contender for today's Queen of Fado, she's Portugal's top-selling recording artist.
Ângelo FreireTop modern exponent of the Portuguese Fado guitar
Cabo VerdeIsland nation with distinctive music blending Portuguese and west African influences, and the world's oldest creole language.
Césaria ÉvoraLate Queen of the Morna singers, Cabo Verde's most famous woman.
CoimbraForm of Fado originating in university town and performed exclusively by male singers and players. Surprisingly emotional and intense.
Cuca RosetaCurrently active Lisbon-born Fado singer and recording star
DesgarradaDueling singers improvise biting or witty comments, backed by hypnotic accordion playing. A living tradition in the North.
EmanuelPioneering Pimba singer and producer, keeping Portugal amused and dancing over recent decades.
Erika EnderLatin American singer-songwriter included here to provide contrast
EurovisionJust occasionally TV's annual song fest gets it right
FadoDramatic, emotional music of Lisbon that has become an emblem of Portugal. Features dominant solo vocals and high-pitched Fado guitar.
FaustoVeteran intervention singer helping the Portuguese make sense of their African experience
Intervention singersSingers with something to say about Portugal and the world. Taken much more seriously than Anglo-American protest singers.
Isabel SilvesteKey singer in preserving and reviving folk traditions of the north
Luís GuerreiroTop Fado guitarist, using high-pitched 12-string Portuguese guitar.
LuraPortuguese-born singer of Cabo Verdean extraction singing both Morna and dance styles.
MadredeusThe most important Portuguese band of the last 30 years
MarizaAuthentic, stylish Fado singer justly famous around the world.
Marta Pereira da CostaTop female exponent of the Portuguese Fado guitar
MetaWhere I as author directly address you as reader; also used to mark incomplete posts.
MinhoRural region in the far north by the Minho river, with its own remarkable music.
MísiaDramatic, pioneering Fado singer who played a huge role in bringing it back to popularity.
MornaPlaintive, emotional ballad music from the islands of Cabo Verde, often with a jazzy accompaniment.
NorthLoosely anywhere north of Lisbon; more strictly the far north from Douro to Minho rivers.
PessoaFernando Pessoa (lived 1888 to 1935), currently Portugal's most famous poet since Camões. Popular with modern Fado singers.
PimbaBawdy party music of Portugal - the other side of the coin to Fado.
Portuguese historyThere's a lot of it, and it has directly affected today's music.
Portuguese languageLatin optimised for song. It's subtly different to other Romance languages - even Brazilian.
Portuguese rockRock arrived in Portugal with the Revolution - then rapidly took on a Portuguese flavour.
QuoraA question-and-answer Internet site where some content from here is also posted. The version here is always the best and most canonical.
Rodrigo Costa FélixSmooth exponent of Lisbon Fado
Rodrigo LeãoInfluential Portuguese composer and keyboard player, founder member of Madredeus, with a large body of work since.
Rui VelosoSinger and guitarist who pioneered of rock/blues guitar in Portugal
Salavador SobralSinger who won Eurovision for Portugal. Also good ballad singer in other Portuguese styles
Teresa SalgueiroFounder member of Madredeus and one of the world's finest singers. Now writes songs with her own band and has brought out some notable solo albums.
Zeca AfonsoJosé "Zeca" Afonso, emblematic singer-songwriter of the 1974 to 1975 Revolution, still popular more than 30 years after his death. Intervention singer.

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