Government decreed that Monday, January 4, is National Day of Mourning
Carlos do Carmo, a well-known Portuguese fado singer with 81 years of age and 58 years of career, died today at the Santa Maria Hospital in Lisbon, where he was admitted last Thursday due to an aneurysm, according to news reported by his son to Agência Lusa and broadcast by several national media.
Carlos do Carmo was born in Lisbon on December 21, 1939, the son of the fado singer Lucília do Carmo (1919-1998) and the bookseller Alfredo Almeida, owners of the fado house 'O Faia', where he started singing, until he started his career in 1964.
Winner of the Latin Career Grammy, which he received in 2014, his journey went through the main world stages, from Olympia, in Paris, to the Frankfurt Opera, from `Canecão`, in Rio de Janeiro, to the Royal Albert Hall, in London.
The Encyclopedia of Portuguese Music in the 20th Century points out Carlos do Carmo as "one of the greatest references" in fado.
"The transformations that Carlos do Carmo underwent [no fado] were influenced by their musical tastes that included external references "like Bossa Nova, from Brazil, and the styles of singers like Frank Sinatra (1915-1998), Jacques Brel (1929-1978) and Elis Regina (1945-1982), according to the encyclopedia of Portuguese music.
The encyclopedia points out that, since the 1970s, it "accentuated musical innovations", making it "the maximum representative of the so-called 'new fado'", with works such as the album "Um Homem na Cidade" (1977).
He was one of the main and most determining ambassadors of the Fado Candidacy to Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, and played a "fundamental role in the dissemination of the greatest Portuguese poets", as highlighted by the jury of the Vasco Graça Moura Prize for Cultural Citizenship.
The fado singer celebrated songs like "Bairro Alto", "Fado Penélope", "Os Putos", "Um Homem na Cidade", "Uma Flor de Verde Pinho", "Canoas do Tejo", "Lisboa, Menina e Moça".
Carlos do Carmo said goodbye to the stage on November 9, 2019, with a concert at the Coliseu dos Recreios, in Lisbon, having received at the time the Cultural Merit Medal, from the Ministry of Culture, for his "invaluable contribution" to Portuguese music.
The medal was the last, among several distinctions he received, over a 57-year artistic career.
When saying goodbye to the stages, he said, in an interview with the Lusa agency: "I took this path of mine that was not made of stones, but that I consider to be always a healthy path and that always led me to have a perspective of being supportive with my companions (. ..). I don't remember making a mistake with a professional colleague. And, for this new generation, I am with open arms ".
Upon learning of the sad news, the Government decreed today, that next Monday, January 4, is a day of national mourning for the death of the fado singer Carlos do Carmo.
"It is with extreme consternation and deep regret that the Government became aware of the death of Carlos do Carmo and decided to enact a National Day of Mourning to take place next Monday, January 4, 2021", says a note from the office of Prime Minister.
The Government also proposed to the President of the Republic the posthumous attribution of the Order of Liberty, "due to the decisive role that Carlos do Carmo had in the renewal of fado, an attribution that, in fact, was already foreseen".