Fado is from now on Intangible Heritage of Humanity.
The application of the Portuguese musical genre was approved during the Sixth Intergovernmental
Committee of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. UNESCO distinguishes
the fado tradition as an expression of identity and culture of the country.
A musical genre which can be traced to the 1820s in Portugal, but probably with much earlier
origins. In popular belief, fado is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about
the sea or the life of the poor. However, in reality fado is simply a form of song which can be about anything,
but must follow a certain structure. The music is usually linked to the Portuguese word saudade which
symbolizes the feeling of loss (a permanent, irreparable loss and its consequent life lasting damage).
Amália Rodrigues, Carlos do Carmo, Mariza, Mafalda Arnauth, and Cristina Branco are amongst the most
famous individuals associated with the genre.