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Fado singer Carlos do Carmo died of an aneurysm on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2021, at Santa Maria Hospital, in Lisbon. He was 81 years old.

The Portuguese government declared Monday, January 4th, as a national mourning day for Carlos do Carmo’s death.

Funeral services for Carlos do Carmo were held at the Estrela Basilica, a minor basilica and ancient Carmelite convent in Lisbon, Portugal.

Carlos do Carmo at Basilica da Estrela
Fado singer Carlos do Carmo’s urn comes out after the mass in the Basilica da Estrela

Born in Lisbon on December 21, 1939, Carlos do Carmo was the son of a famed fado singer Lucília do Carmo, and bookseller Alfredo Almeida.

His parents owned and operated O Faia, an iconic fado house and restaurant located in Lisbon’s Bairro Alto district.

Carlos do Carmo started singing fado at O Faia until he began his artistic career in 1964.

Throughout his life, he received many awards. In 2014 he was the Winner of the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

People applaud the passage of the urn of fado singer Carlos do Carmo after the funeral services held in the Basilica da Estrela, in Lisbon, January 04, 2021. TIAGO PETINGA/LUSA

His career of over 50 years took him through many of the most prestigious world stages. From the Olympia, in Paris, to the Opera of Frankfurt, in Germany, from the ‘Canecão’, in Rio de Janeiro, to the Royal Albert Hall, in London, to the New York Town Hall in the United States.

Fado singer Carlos do Carmo’s urn comes out after the mass in the Basilica da Estrela, in Lisbon, January 4th, 2021. TIAGO PETINGA/LUSA

In addition to being a world-renowned fado singer, Carlos do Carmo was also one of the cornerstones of fado’s candidacy for World Heritage status by UNESCO and was also instrumental in the worldwide renewal of fado.

The singer’s last concert took place on November 9, 2019, at Coliseu dos Recreios, in Lisbon.

Archive photo of fado singer Carlos do Carmo during his performance at the last concert of his career of more than 50 years, “Carlos do Carmo: Thank you”, at the Coliseu de Lisboa, on November 9, 2019. TIAGO PETINGA/LUSA

The publication of Carlo do Carmo’s latest album, “E Ainda?”, is scheduled to be released later this year, announced Universal Music.

Even though Carlos do Carmo is gone, his music will live on not only in Portugal but throughout the world.


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