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Top: Solid Spruce

Sides and Bottom: Koa

Finish: Glossy

In the second half of the 19th century, a melody emerged in Lisbon, cradled in the currents of romanticism, which both expressed the unanimous sadness of a people and their disillusionment with the unstable environment in which they lived, as well as opening beacons of hope on the daily lives of disadvantaged people and, later, it even penetrated the halls of the aristocracy, quickly becoming a national musical expression. Modern fado began and had its heyday with Amália Rodrigues. It was she who popularized fados with lyrics by great poets, such as Luís de Camões, José Régio, Pedro Homem de Mello, Alexandre O’Neill, David Mourão-Ferreira, José Carlos Ary dos Santos, among others. In 2011, UNESCO distinguished fado as a tradition and expression of the country’s cultural identity.