Fado ”EMBUÇADO” singer dies

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The portuguese fado singer João Ferreira-Rosa died last Sunday in Lisbon. He was 80.

João Ferreira-Rosa started his career in 1961, when he performed for the first time on the radio, and recorded the first album, which included the fado “Embuçado”, which became his “calling card “ and musical signature.

The widely recognized timeless fado “The masked Man “(the Embuçado”) made him one the most admired interpreters of the Portuguese national song.

His uncompromising and  passionate personality embodied itself the spirit and lifestyle of fado which he sung, both in the palaces of nobility and in the taverns of old Lisbon.

SenhorIn 1966 João Ferreira Rosa, opened in an alley of Alfama the “Embuçado’s Tavern”, where names like Amalia Rodrigues and Joao Braga, among many others, performed in what was classified  “the living room of fado in Lisbon”.

It was in that famous fado venue that  his distinctive voice and classic style gained him  great popularity and a dominant place among the top performers of fado.

Joao Ferreira-Rosa was also owner of the majestic Palace of Pintéus, on the outskirts of Lisbon, the site from where several fado programs where transmitted by Portuguese television channels, in which participated  famous fado singers like Alfredo Marceneiro.

In November 2012, Joao Ferreira Rosa was awarded the Gold Medal of Merit by the Lisbon City Council.

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Morreu o fadista João Ferreira-Rosa ,o intérprete de “O Embuçado”

O fadista João Ferreira-Rosa, de 80 anos, intérprete de “O Embuçado”, morreu esta semana  em Loures  perto de Lisboa.

João Ferreira-Rosa iniciou carreira em 1961, quando atuou pela primeira vez na rádio, e gravou o primeiro disco, em que incluiu “O Embuçado”, que se tornou o seu “cartão-de-visita”.

Em 1965, João Ferreira Rosa adquiriu um espaço em Lisboa, no Beco dos Curtumes, no bairro de Alfama, que se tornou “A Taverna do Embuçado”, que inaugurou em 1966, e por onde passaram nomes como Amália Rodrigues, Maria Teresa de Noronha, Beatriz da Conceição, Artur Batalha, entre muitos outros, e que se tornou “uma sala de visitas de Lisboa”.

João Ferreira-Rosa era proprietário do Palácio de Pintéus, nos arredores de Loures que serviu de cenário a vários programas de fado, transmitidos pela RTP, em que participaram os fadistas Alfredo Marceneiro, Maria do Rosário Bettencourt, Teresa Silva Carvalho e João Braga, e os músicos Paquito, José Pracana, José Fontes Rocha, entre outros.

Jay Fernandes
Master’s Degree G. Ph. from the University of Lisbon. Academic and teacher. Television , radio and press reporter / commentator

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