Ana Moura

Ana Moura

Akin to the blues in its heroically stoic response to suffering, loss, longing and the vicissitudes of fate, the Portuguese style known as fado is in the midst of a glorious renaissance, and the music’s brightest young star is Ana Moura. Her luxuriant voice and passionate stage presence have won her an international following, a rapidly expanding fanbase drawn by her ability to cross over into other styles while retaining fado’s deep emotional commitment. Her ascendance to global stardom has made fans and collaborators of The Rolling Stones and Prince, who travelled to Lisbon to work with Moura and made a surprise backstage appearance during her SFJAZZ performance last year. Her fourth album, Leva-me aos Fados, was a world music sensation — a delectably sensual journey featuring traditional fado instrumentation. Ana Moura is pouring her heart and soul into an ancient style, earning fado a well-deserved seat at the world’s bountiful musical feast.

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"She [makes] each song a series of small dramatic surges: glimmers of hope, hints of sensuality, passages of melancholy, glints of determination. " — The New York Times
"Moura honors the tradition of fado even as she peers into its future. " — Global Rhythm