In a message available on the Presidency of the Republic's website, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa said that he expressed his condolences to the family of Maria Guinot, who died on Saturday at the age of 73.
"Composer, pianist, singer, Maria Guinot represented Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1984, and is known by many for the song 'Silêncio and so many people'", emphasizes Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in the message.
The President of the Republic recalls the performance of the singer, "of classical musical formation" and who was part of the Gulbenkian choir but also became interested in fado ".
"Her career includes both the songs that took her twice to the Song Festival as a politically interventional repertoire, namely in collaboration with José Mário Branco, a manifestation of a committed citizen who was also", says the President of the Republic.
The singer, songwriter and pianist died on Saturday at the age of 73.
The funeral will be held today from 5:00 p.m. in the Church of the Wall (Cascais) and the funeral ceremonies are scheduled for 10:45 on Monday, followed by the funeral for the cemetery of Barcarena, told Lusa source of the Parish of Parede.
Maria Guinot – Maria Adelaide Fernandes Guinot Moreno – participated in the Festival RTP for the first time in 1981, with "A Goodbye, A Recomeço", that assured him the 3rd place.
It was, however, in 1984, when he won the RTP Festival with "Silêncio and Tanta Gente", that his name reached the general public.
The interpretation was remembered: in solidarity with the musicians on strike, Maria Guinot refused the 'playback' adopted in this edition, and accompanied herself to the piano.
In 1986, she composed "Homage to the mothers of the Plaza de Mayo" in the ten years since the beginning of the concentration of women in Buenos Aires who demanded to know their children who disappeared during the Argentine military dictatorship (1976-1983).
The song was included in the CGTP-Intersindical double album "Cem años de Maio" and was one of the flags of RTP's "Let the Music Pass" program, in which Maria Guinot was accompanied by José Mário Branco, who produced and directed the orchestra.
The following year, she released her first album, "This Word Woman", in an author's edition.
It would follow in 1991, "Maria Guinot". Until 2004, when "Tudo Passa" was edited, there is no record of other Maria Guinot records.
He wrote "Stories of Fado" (1989), with Ruben de Carvalho and José Manuel Osório, and maintained his political and social intervention: he signed a greeting to the 30th anniversary of the Cuban Revolution in 1989, with actor Rogério Paulo , the writers José Saramago and Natalia Correia; condemned the policy of non-admission of women by Portuguese private banks in the manifesto "We Say No to Banks with Prejudice" in the early 1990s; was part of the movement for the decriminalization of abortion and the Front for the Defense of Culture, which, at the time, marked the contestation of the sector.
In 1991, he worked in Cape Verde, on Portugal Day. In 1994, in the 20 years of April 25, he staged the show "The Poets of April", with the actress and director Fernanda Lapa.
Away from the active since 2010, due to illness, in 2011 she received the Medal of Honor of the Portuguese Society of Authors.