“I think fado chose me because I know fado since I was very young, through my parents, they used to sing fado, but in a very amateur way, at home, in the weekend, with their friends. This was my first contact with fado.”
If there’s a musical genre that can really make you feel like flying and transport you in another spiritual dimension, this is definitely fado. And the way Ana Moura sings fado is heavenly beautiful! The intensity of her voice floods you with emotions and gives you seconds, minutes, even hours away from the reality. Just close your eyes and listen!
Did you choose fado or fado chose you?
I think fado chose me because I know fado since I was very young, through my parents, they used to sing fado, but in a very amateur way, at home, in the weekend, with their friends. This was my first contact with fado. Then, when I grew up, I started to pay attention to other kinds of music but always with a special feeling for fado. And then, at a certain point, when I was recording a pop- rock CD, I went to a club where, by coincidence, there were some fado singers and fado guitar players performing. My friends asked to go on the stage and sing with them. And I did, I sang there that night and those musicians enjoyed listening to me singing and they wanted to introduce me to the people from the middle of fado. This is how everything started and I think that all of these coincidences made fado choose me instead of me choosing fado.
After that you surprised the audience with that amazing different approach of fado in your previous album – Desfado, what do you bring new with Moura? How can you describe this new CD?
Moura is produced by the same producer of Desfado, but even though I think it’s different because it’s more elaborated. Desfado was very different from my previous albums but still it was very raw in the sound, we used a drummer that used vintage drums, the piano that we used was also with that very vintage sonority. The sounds that we use now in Moura are much more Hammond, with a more spiritual feeling. And the drummer is Vinnie Colaiuta, one of the best drummers in the world.
The names of your albums sound very sexy in Portuguese pronouncing. What do you think it makes Portuguese language so sexy?
People use to say that we have all the sounds in our language, like the Russians have, also.. Maybe it’s about this, the fact that we have lots of little sounds, I don’t know.
How come you always put Romania on your tour list?
I love Romania since the first time we were here because we were very well received by the audience and we came here with no expectations regarding this. But it proved to be one of the best places where people embrace our music and us. Since we got to the airport people were very nice. Romanian people are warmer than people from other countries, they are like us, the Portuguese people, we are sweeter and we feel related to Romanian people because of that.
Which is your ritual before getting on the stage, before of your concerts?
I do many things. I prepare myself and this gives me a certain peace, but what I really like to do is to be with my musicians before stepping on the stage. I need to feel their energy, to connect our energies together before getting on the stage.
What’s your biggest challenge in this tour?
My biggest challenge is to be able to put the sonority of the album on stage, because, as I mentioned before, this album is much elaborated and it has lots of different sounds. For example, the Portuguese guitar, which it’s a specific instrument that we have in Portugal, it has a different sound because we put an amplifier of an electric guitar on this Portuguese guitar. So these little things are sometimes very difficult to put on stage. And there are some other sounds that we have, like a vintage recorder, which, when you turn it on, it made a certain sound. We are trying to look for little sounds with the help of our keyboards player who is a DJ also; he comes from another side, more hip hop. So this is my biggest challenge, to put these sounds on a perfect live performance.