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Ramana Vieira

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Ramana Vieira sings with such a wide range of emotions one cannot help but be mesmerized by images of “old world” Portugal that emerge from the depths of her soul. Her extraordinary gift of bringing this 15th century style into modern times is her unique trademark. Often referred to as the “New Voice of Portuguese World Music,” this powerful vocalist is making her mark as one of the premier contemporary Fado artists. According to the Portuguese, Fado is a melancholy and often-mournful music similar to the American blues as it tells stories of heartache and disappointment. The essence of the poetry is the quality of “saudade,” a word that is difficult to translate as it expresses a myriad of feelings....
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”Here we have a fado record that doesn't sound what you are used to hearing as fado and it just might bring a whole bunch of new listeners into the tent as a result... this is a dandy world beat pop set that opens the ears nicely to a stylist with a lot of charm and depth that you don't have to speak Portuguese to enjoy fully. Very much an off the beaten path treat for gringos on the prowl.” --Midwest Record

“Ramana Vieira, a rising star in World Music.” --San Francisco Examiner

“The new voice of Portuguese World music” --Antonio Olilveira, Mundo Portuguese

“No one in the United States is doing more to breathe new life into Fado than Ramana Vieira, a sultry, dramatic singer.” --Andrew Gilbert, San Francisco Chronicle

“The tribute to Amalia Rodrigues, “Amalia,” is a standout track, Vieira pours her soul into the words, letting listeners experience the depth of her admiration for the legendary singer. For those unfamiliar with fado, Tears of A Queen provides an interesting lesson in Portuguese culture. To visit Portugal without leaving home, pick up Vieira's new album and be transported.” --Kit O'Toole, Blogcritics.com

“If you are a fan of Fado and are looking for something a little unusual, this may just be your album. Vieira’s voice provides the expected warbling, soulful singing and roundness typically expected of a fadista, but the musical arrangements here are what distinguishes this album from a more traditional approach. This album will appeal to those appreciative of Fado’s sentimental, comforting romance, its familiar strains and its immortal tales of love, song and laughter.” --Cynthia Foo, MuzikReviews.com

“I have had the opportunity to interview and listen to a number of artists in the Portuguese Community. I found by listening to Ramana's album a sense of deepest sympathy towards the “Fado” its roots and a commitment to keep Fado alive.” --Joao Manuel Dias, KSQQ Portuguese Radio

“Portuguese Fado music is extremely melodic and beautiful and so are the talents of Ramana Vieira. Her voice and her music are as sincere and beautiful as the language and lands of the Acores. I was mesmerized by her...” --Mayor Shelia Young, City of San Leandro

“While recent Fado successes have focused on the still, reflective side of the poetrydriven folk style, Ramana Vieira's approach is kinetic and powerful. The singer's stunning rendition of the late Amalia Rodrigues classic “Estranha Forma De Vida” acknowledges the lineage amidst a stately piano arrangement.” --Starbucks Hearmusic.com

“She is gifted with a voice that is both breathtaking and intoxicating.” --AK Music and Talent

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