1. Amalia Rodrigues
If you want a quick history of Portuguese music – go straight to Amalia. She is the goddess of Fado, a uniquely Portuguese musical tradition that sits somewhere between jazz and folk. Fado’s songs are of longing and sadness, nostalgia for places, and celebrations of personalities and of fado itself. It epitomises the Portuguese psyche: A pride that embraces the failings and difficulties of life.
2. David Fonseca
Nothing poetic to say about him except he’s as cute as he is talented. An exceptional songwriter, especially considering he’s doing it in English, a popular modern trend in the Portuguese music industry. Attention outside the Portuguese-speaking world would be well deserved.
4. Rita Redshoes
She’s a fun gal with a great name and a great look. Her songs are full of empathy and feminine feeling, pop with a splash of country, and a shade of classic femme fatale.
A.K.A Armando Teixeira creates beautiful, interesting music in the electronic, chill out, retro vibe that would be happily inserted into the Café del Mar / Buddah Bar / Hotel Costes genre.
5. Blasted Mechanism
According to my sister they are KISS meets the Allblacks. But they rock! Way out there futuristic – tribal costumes and rhythm based anthemic music, Blasted go off. An original blend of African beats, power melody and ironic mentality (‘You are being manipulated!’, the lead guy calls as the 10,000 strong crowd scream for more) prove that the get-up is much more than a gimmick.