01/07/2008

Bevinda - Fatum (1994)

«A French journalist once tagged her the “fada” of the Fado (fairy of the Fado). If Fado may be an important element in her music, she proved through the years that she was quite an unusual singer who found her path and her voice as she built her own world between the realms Portugal of her native land and France the country where she now lives.

Well known to the French audience, Bévinda has already had a rich career that started in 1994, with her first album Fatum and is still going on eight albums later with Luz (which means light) which many consider as her most accomplished body of work.

Born in Fundão on the Portuguese shore of the Atlantic, nurtured in France where she grew up, she came to Paris at the age of eighteen and worked as a trekking guide, a job that allowed her to discover the many faces of Asia. Her music will later reveal the influence those countries had and still have on her. She entered the world of music by chance and discovered that singing was her new passion. She studied with Julia Pelaez who encouraged her to sing in her mother tongue and as a result, she decided to spend two years in Lisbon to find her roots again.

The creative path she has followed from one album to another has always genuinely reflected her inner personal path. Her music tells about far away lands, from India to Brazil, to the coasts of North Africa. She sings her own words, those of her mother or even Amália Rodrigues. In 1997, she dived into the realm of poet Fernando Pessoa and released a ground breaking album, only accompanied by two cellos: Pessoa em pessoas. The critics loved it and the audience was puzzled.

Now surrounded by new musicians, she brings her music even further towards the East while still retaining the nostalgic tones of the Fado and the blues of the Saudade. Now Bévinda is teaming up with Aaken to write new material, their first song being "O Verão". She has just released a tribute album to French songwriter Serge Gainsbourg entitled Serge Gainsbourg tel qu'elle which mainly focuses on his work from the 60's.» (http://www.myspace.com/bevinda)

Bevinda’s official website (English/French): http://www.bevinda.net/

Biografia in italiano: http://www.srijan.it/bevinda.htm

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks! Bruce

Larry said...

Great choice for a post -- I have everything she's done on CD already, but more people need to hear her -- she's an amazing talent. Her 1999 release CHUVA DE ANJOS is my favorite, but they're all wonderful -- and the PESSOA EM PESSOAS CD you mentioned is inspired.

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