Traditional Portuguese folk music has been defined as: music transmitted by mouth, as music of the lower classes, and as music with unknown composers. Another way it has been defines is: music that has been transmitted and evolved by a process of oral transmission or performed by custom over a long period of time.
Fado is another form of traditional portuguese music. Fado, an old form of urban folk music in Portugal, was born in the streets and back alleys of Lisbon, Portugal in the early 1800’s. Fado music expresses the Portuguese identity through lyricism, composition, performance and community.