António Zambujo - 4/3/18Tuesday, April 03 2018 6:00 PM Doors / 8:00 PM Start / Ends 10:00 PM (ESTIMATED ENDING TIME)
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at City Winery Chicago
António Zambujo is an internationally acclaimed Portuguese guitarist and fado singer. In 2002 he produced his first CD, the hit "O mesmo fado,” which won him the prize of “Best new fado voice” from Radio Nova FM, previously attributed to singers such as Mariza, Camané or Mafalda Arnauth. Zambujo himself composed some of the fados and sang others written by well-known poets in the fado world such as José Luís Gordo and Mário Rainho.
In 2004, he produced his second album “Por meu cante" in addition to playing concerts in Portugal, and touring aboard regularly to Toronto, Paris, Santander, Sarajevo, and Zagreb. He was awarded the Amália Rodrigues Prize by the Amália Rodrigues Foundation in the category of "Best male fado singer" in 2006.
His third album "Outro Sentido,” was released in 2007, produced by Ricardo Cruz and with the special participation of “Angelite - The Bulgarian Voices”. The album was an international hit, released in Europe and the United States by Harmonia Mundi’s World Village division. Musica Popular Brasileira (MPB) produced a special Brazilian edition with three additional tracks, featuring Roberta Sá and Trio Madeira Brasil, Zé Renato and Ivan Lins. The magazine Songline declared "Outro Sentido,” ‘Top of the World Album’ in 2008. The great João Gil invited Zambujo to sing on his 2008 album on the track "Apenas uma boca, a tua boca", a sonnet by David Mourão Ferreira.
Zambujo was born in Beja, Portugal in September 1975. He grew up listening to the “Cante Alentejano” that would later influence his musical education. At the age of eight he began studying the clarinet at the Baixo Alentejo Regional Conservatory. However, from a very young age he fell in love with fado. His references were Amália Rodrigues, Maria Teresa de Noronha, Alfredo Marceneiro, João Ferreira Rosa, Max and others. He sang for his family and friends and won a local fado contest at the age of 16.
Having completed his clarinet studies he moved to Lisbon. Mário Pacheco, the well-known Portuguese guitar player and composer, immediately added him to his cast at the prestigious Clube do Fado in the quarter of Alfama.
Soon after, he auditioned for the musical "Amália", directed by Filipe La Féria, one of Portugal’s foremost stage directors. Zambujo played the part of Francisco Cruz, Amália’s first husband. The show ran for four years in Lisbon and then toured the country, and made him a favorite with the Portuguese public.
Zambujo has toured extensively in Europe and South America, including numerous sold-out concerts in Paris and Rio de Janeiro, among others. Zambujo was on the list of the 2009 10 Best International Concerts of the Year, selected by the Cultural Section of the newspaper O GLOBO, in the company of musicians such as Elton John, Burt Bacharach, Terence Blanchard (trumpeter), Kiss, Youssou N'Dour and Angelique Kidjo. Festival appearances include the Atlantic Waves Festival in London, Festa do Avante, "Festa do Fado" at Castelo São Jorge, Portuguese Culture Week in Brazil, Cool Jazz Fest ’09, and Delta Tejo.