THURSDAY 01 JANUARY - 12:00 AM
One of fado’s headiest voices, Gisela João, has firmly established herself as a leading contemporary performer of Portuguese music. She has already garnered a whole host of awards, from Blitz, Time Out and Expresso, to a Golden Globe for best Portuguese singer.
Gisela’s near non-stop touring, both at home and abroad, and her utterly electrifying performances have rightly earned her a place alongside the giants of Portuguese music. While other singers communicate the fado’s strong sentiments exclusively through their voices, Gisela João’s fado is a full-body experience. Onstage, she jumps, she gestures, and she emotes. Her contemporary fado style, which is straightforward and gimmick-free, is the product of both her classical training and her determination to fully immerse in the form.