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A fadista for a new generation

Vieira revives and reinvents the dramatic song style

Ramana Vieira is a force in spreading awareness of fado, having developed her style in California, abroad in Portugal, and listening to its many modes. Ramana Vieira is a force in spreading awareness of fado, having developed her style in California, abroad in Portugal, and listening to its many modes. (Emily Payne)
By Andrew Gilbert
Globe Correspondent / August 1, 2010

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BERKELEY, Calif. — When Ramana Vieira talks about the late fado queen Amália Rodrigues, her brown eyes shine and her voice takes on a worshipful tone. But her starstruck affect doesn’t mean that Vieira feels constrained by Rodrigues’s sanctified status as the embodiment of the convention-bound Portuguese song form, with its anguished disquisitions on loss, heartache, and the vicissitudes of ... (Full article: 808 words)

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