Report on the band Madredeus on the occasion of a French tour. The band, whose name is taken from a neighborhood in Lisbon, Madre de Deus, plays a mix of fado, folk and popular music which is now internationally renowned. Concert excerpts, interview with band founder and guitarist Pédro Magalhes, and song by Teresa Salgueiro, singer.
Created in 1985 by the guitarist Pedro Ayres Magalhães and the pianist Rodrigo Leão, the Portuguese group Madredeus, originally made up of Francisco Ribeiro on the cello, Gabriel Gomes on the accordion and the singer Teresa Salgueiro, were soon noticed for the uniqueness of their lucid and invaluable songs, mixing in an eternal style of classic sophistication, traditional folklore, fado and popular contemporary music.
From the release of their first album in 1987 Os dias da Madredeus the Portuguese public were won over by the crystalline purity of Salgueiro's voice as well as the quality of the compositions and orchestrations that came within the scope of fado tradition yet considerably renewed the style. Their second album Elixir appeared in 1990, but it was especially their participation in the soundtrack of the Wim Wenders film Lisbon Story (1995), allowing them to obtain international renown. Following several reshuffles in the group (Leão's departure followed by Riberio and Gomes), Madredeus would, from the album O Parciso (1997) progressively distance themselves from the original fado to begin to mix music from other parts of the world.
Always carried by the exceptional voice of Teresa Salgueiro, the group would record four more albums in the new millennium (Movimento (2001), Faluas do tejo (2005)) before the singer finally announced in her turn, in 2007, a desire to follow a solo career.