Emotive and expressive Portuguese nostalgia
Ricardo Ribeiro sings in ‘fado’ style, a Portuguese genre of ballad that is closely tied to the culture of the urban and coastal workers of the Iberian Peninsula. Ribeiro’s voice, which meets the sonorous, melancholic style of an archetypal ‘fadista’ perfectly, has made him one of the primary torchbearers of this musical heritage. Some pressure? Not for Ribeiro, who sings with remarkable confidence and colour.
Whilst Ribeiro’s music is embedded in the essential structures and traditions of fado, his heartfelt delivery transcends genre and language with ease. His performances are resonant and captivating; an insight into raw feelings of desire and loss.
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