Portugal, Fado

Katia Guerreiro

Katia-Guerreiro

It’s a gift. Katia Guerreiro both heals bruised souls and tends to wounded bodies. At thirty eight, this talented Portuguese woman pursues a dual career. By day she is a specialist doctor, by night a successful fado singer. Caught between two passions, the young woman, who grew up in the Azores, has chosen not to choose. For the last 12 years, since the success of her album “Fado Maior” revealed her talents to the world, Katia Guerreiro has captured, better than anyone, the true and original essence of fado. The demanding circle of fans have even gone as far as to compare her to the incomparable Amalia Rodrigues. She has captured both the words and spirit of this great star. Each line is filled with spirituality, whispered secrets and tradition. Love stories finish in heartbreak and blues resonates with the most subtle of echoes – the echoes of the restless Fernando Pessoa and the more contemporary António Lobo Antunes, two Lisbon poets that she visited. Eyes closed and hands interlaced behind her back, Katia Guerreiro offers us a version of fado that transcends clichés, daring to open new horizons by inviting artists such as sambista Martinho Da Vila and diva Amina Alaoui. Brazilian saudade and Moroccan tarab evoke fado’s tragic destiny with long timeless blues. All this serves to highlight the singer’s talent, faultless technique and also a sensitivity that holds us on a tightrope, on the edge of the abyss, and draws us into an intimate drama that becomes universal. Soul wrenching moments make hearts and bodies tremble, as they did at her concert on the mythic stage of the Olympia in Paris on 23 January 2012.