Fado singer Maria João Quadros has died and “with her, real fado ends”

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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.

Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi
Moti Shabi, CEO and founder of Portugal Pulse, has led career that spans multiple continents and industries. Born in Paris and later immigrating to Tel Aviv, Israel, Moti's background uniquely positions him at the intersection of European and Middle Eastern cultures. He holds a Law License from Ono College, reflecting his multifaceted interests in law, media, technology, and culture.    Moti's love affair with Portugal began in 2016 when he founded EASY NATIONALITY, an immigration office focused on aiding the Sephardic community in the wake of Portugal's law of return for Sephardic Jews. This endeavor demonstrated his commitment to creating meaningful social and cultural bridges.    In 2018, he launched Hadshot Portugal, the first-ever news website about Portugal in Hebrew. Recognizing the importance of bringing Portuguese culture and news to a broader audience, Moti took the step of immigrating to Lisbon in 2023, where he founded both Portugal Pulse and Portugal France. These platforms aim to offer comprehensive coverage of Portuguese news, events, and culture to the English and French-speaking worlds, respectively.    Moti's vision extends beyond news dissemination. He aspires to be an ambassador for Portuguese culture and to strengthen the connections among Portuguese diaspora communities worldwide. In pursuit of this ambitious goal, Moti founded Aliança Portugueses in 2021. Through this initiative, he aims to bring together Portuguese communities, creating a network of individuals and organizations bound by their love for Portugal.

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