Ana Moura

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  • country:Portugal
  • style(s):Fado
  • label:Universal Music
  • type:Small Ensemble
  • gender:female
  • instrumentation:vocal, percussion, piano, guitar
  • artist posted by:Sasa Music Agency

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Moura has become part of a new generation of fado singers that tackle contemporary issues. Newspapers glow about the "rare and primitive quality" in her voice.
In 2008 Ana guested on stage with the Rolling Stones to 30,000 people in Lisbon and in 2010 performed with Prince at Lisbon's Super Rock Festival.

Ana Moura - A fado with world
There is no other voice in fado like Ana Moura's. A voice that wanders the tradition freely, while elegantly flirting with pop music, broadening the range of the Lisbon song in a very personal way. But what distinguishes it is not only a low and sensual tone, but there are few - Ana Moura instantly transforms into fado any melody to which her voice touches. It is an immediate fuse, an emotional outburst fired without contemplation into the heart of the listener.

Faust, José Afonso, Ruy Mingas, Angolan music and fado. This is what was sung in the Moura family evenings in Coruche, Ana Moura was just a catraia - born in another Ribatejo locality, Santarém, in 1979 - with a taste for singing. Parents sang, the whole mother family sang, and any reason for family reunion ended with a celebration in the form of music. Although she sang of everything, Ana was already beginning to feel that, for some reason, she had a special fondness for fado. At the age of six he was already singing his first fado, “Cavalo Ruço”, while often listening to his mother chirping “My Mother's Shawl”. Then came adolescence and let fado fall asleep. And it has awakened to other types of music, more in keeping with age and cool friendships.

It is with this curiosity for other songs, in the midst of adolescence of discovery and rebellion, that Ana Moura arrives in Carcavelos, 14 years old, to make the 10th grade. Not enough to sing, but to study, enrolling in the Academy of Music Amateurs. But it is the schoolmates who join for the first band. Despite singing other genres, the truth is that, left to her own devices, Ana's voice quickly sticks to the fadist record, so even with rock groups she will be able to include one or two fados in the repertoire - usually, “People who Lavas no Rio ”, by Amália, at this stage his maximum reference as an interpreter.

The experience with this cover band, Sexto Sentido, eventually leads to the beginning of recordings of a pop / rock album with musician Luís Oliveira, whose release was part of the agenda of the multinational Universal. The disc, however, is not finished. Fate enters the scene and takes Ana Moura to a bar in Carcavelos where she gives in to temptation and sings a fado. Present in the room, guitarist António Parreira, so impressed, takes her by the hand and takes her to several houses of fado. Until the moment, at a Christmas party of musicians and fado singers, Ana Moura is brought to the conviviality of those who would live in her nights from then on and is invited to sing. This time, it's Maria da Fé, co-owner of the prestigious Senhor Vinho fado house, who can't resist that raw talent. To the applause,

It is precisely in these nocturnal environments, from Senhor Vinho but also from other fado houses that he begins to attend, that the true school of his singing takes place. Before, Ana Moura sang fado because yes, because intuition sent her, because her mouth fled there. Now, the teachings of the most experienced - above all Maria da Fé and Jorge Fernando - give him other whys, without killing his spontaneity.

This passion manifests itself in such a way that it quickly conquers Miguel Esteves Cardoso (MEC). Even before the publishers even hear her name, it is MEC's ​​writing that serves as an amplifier for the news of the young fadista's talent, after listening to her and watching her perform on a show by António Pinto Basto on RTP1 called Fados de Portugal. It is even after reading MEC's ​​rapt words in the Independent that Tozé Brito, administrator of Universal, goes to Senhor Vinho to discover that voice he knew only from the Sixth Sense. It won't be long before you propose to burn the first disc. For the production of the debut album, Keep Me Life in Hand (2003), it is called Jorge Fernando. In addition to directing the album's artistic direction, the musician is also responsible for six of the 15 recorded tracks, one of which is assumed by the singer as her musical BI - “Sou do Fado, Sou Fadista”. The complicity between the two will remain in the following disks. From there, it is evident that Ana Moura's fado has a rare elasticity, calling on the participation of people like the Gypsies d'Ouro and Pedro Jóia, and instruments with the cajon and the flamenco guitar. But the essentials remain untouched: tradition does not move away. The reception, critical and public, the Guard Me Life in the Hand is enthusiastic and leaves no doubt and Ana Moura immediately begins to become a recurring presence on the Portuguese stage and, progressively, also on the international stage. It is evident that Ana Moura's fado has a rare elasticity, calling on the participation of people like the Gypsies d'Ouro and Pedro Jóia, and instruments with the cajon and the flamenco guitar. But the essentials remain untouched: tradition does not move away. The reception, critical and public, the Guard Me Life in the Hand is enthusiastic and leaves no doubt and Ana Moura immediately begins to become a recurring presence on the Portuguese stage and, progressively, also on the international stage. It is evident that Ana Moura's fado has a rare elasticity, calling on the participation of people like the Gypsies d'Ouro and Pedro Jóia, and instruments with the cajon and the flamenco guitar. But the essentials remain untouched: tradition does not move away. The reception, critical and public, the Guard Me Life in the Hand is enthusiastic and leaves no doubt and Ana Moura immediately begins to become a recurring presence on the Portuguese stage and, progressively, also on the international stage.

Happened in 2004, is the logical continuation of the debut album. Being a double album, it reveals a surprising ambition on the part of the singer, while with an astonishing confidence the certainty of her journey: the natural coexistence between the fado most attached to tradition and a very personal and convinced way of living. demand you contemporaneity.

Ana Moura's career begins to gain such a size that the fado singer eventually leaves Senhor Vinho, in order to be able to respond to the many invitations she receives to play abroad. This lack is later addressed by the integration of the cast of a new fado house in Alfama, named Casa de Linhares - Codfish Sauce. Internationalization then leads Ana Moura to perform at the mythical Carnegie Hall in New York in February 2005. Across the world, Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries enters Tower Records of Tokyo looking for Fado records. He already has the idea of ​​including a fado singer in the second volume of the Rolling Stones Project, a project he led that invites people from other musical tides to interpret Stones themes in collaboration with one of the band's historical musicians. She buys three CDs in the dark, on sheer instinct, and it was love at first hearing. For the album, Ana records “Brown Sugar” and “No Expectations”. Live, the latter plays with the Stones at Alvalade XXI Stadium. From then on, on several occasions, Ana Moura and Rolling Stones tours coincide in the same places. In one of them, in San Francisco, Ries calls the fado singer and shows her a song she wrote with her voice in mind. “Velho Anjo”, would be the next album by Ana Moura, Beyond Saudade (2007), after being “distanced” by an arrangement by Jorge Fernando. Ana Moura and Rolling Stones tours coincide in the same places. In one of them, in San Francisco, Ries calls the fado singer and shows her a song she wrote with her voice in mind. “Velho Anjo”, would be the next album by Ana Moura, Beyond Saudade (2007), after being “distanced” by an arrangement by Jorge Fernando. Ana Moura and Rolling Stones tours coincide in the same places. In one of them, in San Francisco, Ries calls the fado singer and shows her a song she wrote with her voice in mind. “Velho Anjo”, would be the next album by Ana Moura, Beyond Saudade (2007), after being “distanced” by an arrangement by Jorge Fernando.

One of Beyond Saudade's strengths, incidentally, would be the rare participation of Faust in a foreign album. Ana, who had grown up listening to the author of Por Este River Up, lost her shame and asked for a composition. Another of the guest authors, this time writing expressly for herself, was Amelia Muge. The exchange with other cultures was then due to a duet with the historical Spanish singer Patxi Andión. Tim Ries, besides being an author, would also leave his saxophone printed on two songs on the album - "Old Angel" and "Alone with the Night". Thanks to Jorge Fernando's theme “Os Buzios”, Beyond Saudade's success had to climb to unprecedented levels in Ana Moura's career, eventually enjoying two great moments of consecration in Portugal through her performance at the Lisbon Coliseums and from Porto.

Following Beyond Saudade's mammoth success - 70 weeks on the bestseller chart when the fourth album hits stores - The Take Me to Fados (2009) edition is almost immediately greeted with the platinum award. . As usual, it is produced by Jorge Fernando and features lyrics by Tozé Brito, Manuela de Freitas, Mario Rainho and Nuno Miguel Guedes, as well as an original composition by José Mário Branco. The album includes one more creation commissioned by Amélia Muge's inventiveness. “Not a Normal Fado” with the participation of the Lisbon Bagpipers and creases the distinguished route of the fado singer, moreover evident in the title itself.

In May 2009, after a first phone call, Prince purposely travels to Paris to witness the charm of the fado singer in the La Cigale room. On July 18, 2010, Ana Moura puts Fado back on a big pop / rock show by taking the stage with Prince at the encore of the musician's concert at the Super Bock Super Rock Festival in Meco. Together they interpret a Portuguese version of "Walk in Sand" and the traditional fado "I Will Drink from Pain".

In September 2010, Ana Moura accepted the invitation of Frankfurt Radio Bigband to sing in two concerts in the German city, the partnership being repeated, but this time in reverse, when the fado singer calls the jazz orchestra to accompany her, in April. 2011, on his return to the Coliseums of Lisbon and Porto. For Ana Moura, it is a time of celebration of a year marked by the victory of a Golden Globe, the presence in the top charts of Billboard and Amazon and the nomination as Artist of the Year for the awards of the English magazine Songlines. A few months later, in August, he takes the stage of the Back2Black festival in Rio de Janeiro, alongside Gilberto Gil, with whom he plays Chico Buarque's “Fado Tropical”.

For 2012, the year Ana Moura participates in the Caetano Veloso tribute album with a version of “Open Windows # 2”, produced by José Mário Branco, the singer keeps a small change in her musical language. In November he releases in Portugal his 5th original album "Defado", which represents a turning point in his career, and presents his latest work in sold out rooms in Portugal.

"Defado" is already considered a classic album in Portugal. It has been uninterruptedly in top sales since it was launched (150 consecutive weeks ago), having recently reached the 5th Platinum. This is the national album released in the last five years best selling in Portugal, the album that globalized Ana Moura. The first globally edited by Universal Music, through Decca, reached the 1st place several times in Portugal, having reached the number 1 of the World Music tops in England, Spain and the United States. "Defado" brought together some of the best composers of the day and the single that gives it the name became the first fado to be played on national mainstream radio. The tour "Defado" took Ana Moura to large national and international stages,

With over 300,000 albums sold, over a dozen awards including 2 Golden Globes, 2 Amália Award, 1 nomination for the Songlines Music Awards in the category of Best Artist, Prince iconic entries, The Rolling Stones, Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil or Herbie Hancock, Ana Moura is the national artist with the most powerful career of today.

“Moura”, Ana Moura's 8th album, was released in 2017

From your corner we only know that you were born in fado. We will never know where it ends.

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