The Top Name At Fado: Camané

The Top Name At Fado: Camané

Camané, who recorded his first album Uma Noite de Fados in 1995, received positive feedback from music lovers and critics.

Camané, who had been singing Fado for 20 years prior to the album and was praised as “Even if you haven’t listened to him before, you will want to listen more once you hear it.” Camané presented his style and interpretation with his album “Na Linha da Vida”, which he released 3 years later. Thus, he saved Fado from its traditional patterns and rejuvenated.

In the 2000s, he broke new ground with his albums not only as a singer but also as a performer who best reflects every nuance of the lyric he voiced. In this respect, Camané received positive reviews from both the advocates of traditional interpretation and modernists. Both groups agreed that he was a master Fado artist.

In 2015, Camané released the album Infinito Presente in the 20th anniversary of his professional career and brought his latest album Camané Canta Marcenerio to the audience in 2017. We talked with the artist who continued his concerts in America and Asia as well as in Europe before the İstanbul concert.

When did you first understand that you would become a musician and sing? Did you have another scenario in mind? What would you do if you didn’t sing?

I grew up in a family where I always listened to music with my mom, dad, and brothers and at home. I’ve been singing since childhood and I feel Fado inside. I have never thought of another alternative in my life.

How did you fall in love with Fado?

When I was very young, there was a period when I was sick at home for a long time. Then I started to listen to my family’s Fado records one after another at home.

Who are your fado and music idols? Who are your favorite Fado singers from the new generation?

The main names I refer to are Amália Rodrigues, Alfredo Marceneiro and Carlos do Carmo. Of course, there are names that I love to listen among today’s artists. 

How would you describe your voice, your musical approach?

I sing traditional Fado and try to be as original as possible.

How do listeners, Fado lovers, and music authorities like your voice?

Luckily I have always had very positive and good reactions.

Let’s talk a little bit about your last album, Camané Canta Marcenerio. How would you describe the sound and style of this album for us?

In this album, I tried to investigate the words and music that Marcenerio sang in his own period and added my own interpretation to the songs.

You give concerts in many countries. Which influences you the most?

It is true that I have traveled to many countries in the world, but it is not possible to highlight one of them because every country and concert is a unique experience for me.

What about the Turkish tunes… Are you familiar with Turkish music?

To be honest, I do not have very detailed information about Turkish music. But I can say that I love the melodies and tunes that I have heard playing.

What are you interested in besides music?

I like traveling so much. Apart from that, I also enjoy going to the cinema and theater.

Do you have a life motto?

Be happy!

Finally, your impression of Turkey! Do you have a message to the Turkish audience?

Of course, I have come to İstanbul and Ankara before, both of them have been very good experiences. I always love to come to Turkey. I have very sweet memories with the audience. I would be happy to see my Turkish audience at my concert.