Rembetiko vs Fado

As a follow up to my previous post, the similarities between the “genuinely Greek” rembetiko and this Portuguese fado are striking, don’t you think?

Let’s do a bit of reasearch..

Fado (“destiny, fate”) is a music genre which can be traced to the 1820s in Portugal

Fate, a Greek concept; 1820s, the year of the Greek war of independence against the Ottoman Turks; the naval battle of Navarino in 1827, a decisive battle in the war.. A seemingly unrelated Fado song about “meu amor marinhero” (sailor my love)..

More proof? Take a look at the similarities between the Portuguese guitar and the Greek bouzouki


Coincidence??? I don’t think so!!

Lisbon cafes

I don’t know a word of Portuguese. But listening to these songs in tiny dockside cafes in Lisbon a few year ago was an experience I will never forget

I haven’t had this experience yet but this song somehow took me there..