Music that evokes one's soul.
Amalia. The Film, a movie released ten years after the star's tragic death in 1999 was recently released and drawing crowds wherever it was shown. As the Flamenco is primarily an Andalusia dance form backed by vocals. Portuguese Fado is a singing sensation aptly described as ‘hauntingly melancholic.’ The name fado means fate.
Amalia Rodriguez singing evokes the intensity of Portuguese soul as no other. Born in Mouraria, a poor district of Lisbon, her Billie Holiday style of delivery needed only the backing of the guitar or the Portuguese mandolin. Essentially Amalia's voice was both the music and the backing.
During her stardom Rodriguez became an icon for tens of millions throughout Europe; especially Portugal, Spain, and the Americas too. When she died, Portugal, her homeland declared three days of national mourning and suspended an impending general election. The fado singer’s fame spanned nearly thirty years and is now being re-lived through the film portraying her life.
Amalia The Film is already attracting controversy. It tells the story of the singer’s rise from extreme poverty to international stardom. Some pundits, principally members of her family, say the movie has been ’sexed up’ to boost audience figures. Director Carlos Coelho da Silva disagrees, emphasising that the film, using original recordings, was thoroughly researched and drew on the recollections of all who knew her well.
Undoubtedly Amalia was a bewitching woman of great beauty and passion. She will be remembered best not for her lovers but for her singing which plumbed the soul depths of all who listen to her. For today’s generation, wherever the movie draws crowds, Amalia Rodriguez is both revelation and inspiration. For those of us who have adored her since the 1950s she is part of our very being. Country:Spain