Fado singer Maria João Quadros died on Friday at the age of 73, leaving friends and artists dismayed, because “with her, real fado ends”, as writer and lyricist Tiago Torres da Silva told Lusa.
Maria João Quadros was hospitalized following a long illness.
For Tiago Torres da Silva, who conceived the album Fado Mulato in which Maria João Quadros interprets fado, but also Brazilian compositions, the artist was “the last one who took fado seriously”.
“Fado ends with her, very sadly,” he told Lusa today, saying he hoped the artistic world would feel the extent of this loss.
Tiago Torres da Silva says that Maria João Quadros was the artist for whom he wrote the most and does not spare her epithets: “The most generous, the most artistic, the friendliest, the most attentive to others, the craziest, the freest”.
Born in Mozambique in 1950, Maria João Quadros has released several albums and performed numerous shows, including at her fado house in Lisbon, Casa da Mariquinhas.