Fábia Rebordão(28 March, 1985)
For Fábia Rebordão, fado is the way to sing about life, a life made up of moments full of truth. As a matter of fact, for Fábia Rebordão, fado means truth – and if you are singing with truth, you will always be singing fado.
Since, at the age of six, she was chosen to sing at a Christmas party at school, music has immediately become her focus and her vocation. The wooden spoons served as a microphone and the windows of the house were the perfect instrument to reverberate her voice. At night, she closed her eyes and let herself be lulled by imaginary applause, heading for the land of dreams. If asked what she wanted to be when she grew up, the answer was simple: she wanted to sing. A neighbor states categorically “you have a voice for fado”, giving her the challenge of learning two fados so that she could perform, for the first time, at Tasca do Chico.
The experience made her so inebriated that, in the same night, she sang in the various surrounding restaurants. Her life would never be the same again: Fábia travelled through communities and taverns, where she found the true essence of fado. At 14, she was singing at Ferreiras but also at Taverna do Embuçado. She did not go to university but learned from the most full professors, from Fernando Maurício to Beatriz da Conceição, from Celeste Rodrigues to Paquito.
But music, in Fábia Rebordão, never ended only in fado: at the age of 17, she was part of the musical My Fair Lady, by Filipe La Féria, but also showed a thirst for learning, by participating, in 2003, in Operação Triunfo, broadcasted by RTP. Eclectic, versatile, eternally curious, she even throws herself into acting, and it is possible to find her in the series O Clube, by SIC.
Freed from shackles that caused embarrassment to the gaze, she is interested in root music, from flamenco to blues, from jazz to folklore, from samba to morna, songs that are born in the streets and that make her shiver, that exude truth. Like fado. In 2011, her first lyrics, Quem Em Mim Habita, with music by Alfredo Marceneiro, sets the tone for her first album: A Oitava Cor is not only her debut record – it is also the album in which Fábia Rebordão performs in full. Five years later, Eu appears, an album in which she sings Tozé Brito or Pedro da Silva Martins, but where she assumes even more her preponderance as a songwriter. Much more than an interpreter, Fábia Rebordão is the author who has composed for names like Miguel Ramos, Jorge Fernando or Cuca Roseta.
Applause followed: she was awarded the Amália Prize for Revelation, a recognition that the weekly Expresso has also given her, while she toured the best stages on the planet, even performing at the mythical Carnegie Hall, in New York, or at the Concertgebouw , in Amsterdam, with the symphony orchestra conducted by award-winning conductor and producer Vince Mendoza.
In May 2021 she releases Eu sou, a double album with originals, nine of which are her authorship, and recreations of themes by other artists. From Amália Rodrigues' repertoire, Estranha forma de vida stands out, in a celebration divided between the diva's centenary and the homage to one of her greatest references. In addition to this tribute, she was also one of the voices chosen for the centenary celebrations, in July 2020, in the concert Bem-vinda Sejas Amália.