Dancing with the Voice

Maria Joao

It is said that a culture can be better understood by listening to its music than by learning its language. In Portugal this music is the fado: bittersweet, melancholic sounds that reflect the desire for something that has been lost forever. Fernando Pessoa called this sadness without a reason "leafing through the soul."

Maria Joao is not a fadista – and yet her playing with tones is rooted in this tradition.

Maria Joao singer

Movie director : Manfred Waffender

Duration : 01 h 00 min
Production date : 1998
Production : © NDR / Arte / MW Filmproduktion
Available version(s) : EN

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