Gisela Joao




Portugal’s own Gisela João, singer of Fado, was influenced by the greats of Fado history. With the release of two albums, she is already garnering awards and praise in the Portuguese press for her range of emotion, authentic Fado soul, and for, at the same time, incorporating the contemporary sound of urban music.

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Three years after her debut album, Portugal’s Gisela João has released her much anticipated second album in November 2016. Titled “Nua,” it features Fados, just the way she feels them and likes them to sound. Like the first album, “Nua” was recorded outside the usual studio environment, between the Palácio de Santa Catarina in Lisbon and the Cidadela de Cascais.

 “Nua” honors some of Gisela’s greatest musical references, such as Amália Rodrigues, Beatriz da Conceição, Argentina Santos, Chavela Vargas, and Cartola; gives voice to the words of some present-day poets, like the Portuguese rapper Capicua and the poet Ana Sofia Paiva; and surprises us by showing that wherever it originated, the music that passes through the voice of Gisela João is always fado.

Gisela will  start 2017 with a January performance on Eurosonic 2017, one of Europe’s premium music showcase festivals, spearheading the Portuguese entourage. In recent years, she has performed in major venues and festivals of Portugal and throughout the rest of Europe, and in the United States, Brazil, and Angola.

She was honored with the awards for the album “Gisela João” by the Portuguese media (Expresso, BLITZ, Público, Time Out, GQ …) and two prizes of enormous prestige (Amália Rodrigues and José Afonso). She also presented the musical show “Caixinha de Música” (covering songs by Nick Cave, Violeta Parra, Amy Winehouse and Leonard Cohen) and was a guest performer with musicians from other genres, like Sérgio Godinho, Joss Stone, Linda Martini, Nicolas Jaar and Snarky Puppy.

Gisela João will continue to defend the essence of Fado – wherever Fado may come from – with her body, heart and soul. Because this is her fate and her destiny.

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Feb 25, 2017  
New York, NY USA Schimmel Center- Pace University
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“(…) Gisela João’s debut album is one of the most important milestones in the history of fado this century. (…) Are we in the presence of a new fado? Yes we are.” Miguel Cadete  (Expresso)

“Since Amalia Rodrigues – and I am weighing my words carefully – no fado singer has had the emotional range displayed by Gisela João on her impressive debut album.” João Miguel Tavares  (Time Out)

“Gisela João combines the most authentic and genuine fado soul with the contemporary sound of an urban music which is still reinventing itself” Pedro Dias de Almeida (Visão)

“All that Gisela touches is fado (and gold) … In ‘Nua’, the songs of Amália Rodrigues, Beatriz da Conceição, Cartola, Capicua or Chavela Vargas, they are all here pure and true fado”  Gonçalo Frota (Público)

“Gisela’s fado is the song, the soul so full, so intense that it makes you tremble to the bone. It’s not just the voice. It’s what she puts into the voice, in every word”  Sérgio Felizardo (Vice)


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