Mafalda Arnauth

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Mafalda Arnauth
Born (1974-10-04) October 4, 1974 (age 44)
OriginLisbon, Portugal

Mafalda Arnauth is a fado singer.[1] She was born in Lisbon, Portugal, in October 1974 and started her career in 1995 when invited by João Braga to participate in a concert at S. Luis's Theater.

Arnauth released a debut album in 1999. It received positive reviews and won the Prize for Best Upcoming Voice by the weekly magazine Blitz.[citation needed] She performed concerts in the Netherlands, in the Louisiana Centre (Denmark), and in Italy at the festival Sete-Sois, Sete-Luas and the Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon).

Her second album, Esta Voz Que Me Atravessa (English: This voice that goes through me) was released in 2001, produced by Amélia Muge and José Martins. In praise of this album, Andreas Dorschel writes: "capable of the tenderest nuances of voice, she [Mafalda Arnauth] ingeniously counterbalances them with a roughness that calls to mind fado’s subcultural origins.“[2]

Mafalda Arnauth's third album, Encantamento, was self-produced. The singer said of it that it "leaves fatality, disgrace, and nostalgia behind. Hope is fed on sadness; inspiration on suffering; strength and courage on difficulties."[citation needed]





  1. ^ Elliott, Richard (2010). Fado and the Place of Longing: Loss, Memory and the City. Ashgate Publishing. pp. 157–158. ISBN 978-0-7546-6795-7.
  2. ^ Dorschel, Andreas (2015). 'Ästhetik des Fado.' In: Merkur 69, no. 2, pp. 79–86, pp. 81-82 (article online)
  3. ^ "Pessoa". 2013. Retrieved 9 November 2016.

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