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.
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