I'll concentrate on singers still performing today. I usually mention the principal guitarist too, particularly if they are playing the high-pitched Portuguese guitar, sometimes called the Fado guitar. This is pretty important, as it often performs almost a duet with the singer, and is a key part of the performance. In other cases an ordinary acoustic guitar can play this role, or even a piano. Or the singer can dominate.
Cuca Roseta "Triste sina"
Cuca Roseta "Triste sina" (Sad fate)
Portuguese guitar: Ângelo Freire
This song is one of many associated with the late Amália Rodrigues, and has had many modern interpreters. Here Cuca Roseta sticks fairly closely to a classic simple, almost stark, Fado form. Unpretentious but spellbinding.
Mísia "Tive um curação, perdi-o"
Mísia "Tive um curação, perdi-o" (I had a heart, but I lost it)
Portuguese guitar: Luís Guerreiro
This isn't entirely typical of Lisbon Fado, but it is representative of Mísia, who as a performer is never under-dramatic! The song is again from the repertoire of Fado legend Amália Rodrigues, who wrote the words.
After the revolution in 1974–1975, and the opening up of Portugal to modern western music and culture after the censorship of the dictatorship, Fado fell out of fashion. Mísia has played a key role as a bridge between Amália and the Fado stars of today, convincing record companies Fado could still have a market and popularising it around the world.
Mariza "Medo" (Fear)
Portuguese guitar: Luís Guerreiro (plus an entire orchestra - which usually gets in the way with Fado but in this