A U.S. debut! Antonio Zambujo, winner of the coveted Amália Rodrigues Foundation’s prize for "Best Male Fado Singer," has created a quiet revolution in the fado world. Portuguese fado is likened to American blues and Greek rembetika for its ability to capture life's hardships with songs of bittersweet nostalgia and longing. Zambujo's singing is deeply rooted in the luscious chants of Alentejo, the region from which he hails.
He is accompanied by Ricardo Crus on bass, Bernardo Couto on Portuguese guitar, Jose Conde on bass clarinet, and Jon Luz on cavaquinho, a guitar-like instrument often used in Brazilian music.
Antonio Zambujo was born in Beja, Alentejo (South of Portugal) in 1975. He grew up listening to the traditional male chant called 'Cante Alentejano' that became one of his strongest influences. Around the age of 8, Zambujo started studying clarinet but soon he fell in love with Fado when listening to Amalia Rodrigues, Alfredo Marceneiro, Maria Teresa de Noronha and Joao Ferreira Rosa. And it was singing, when he was 16 years old, that he won a regional Fado contest.
His professional career started when Mario Pacheco, the renowned Portuguese guitarist and composer, invited him to sing in his Club de Fado, in Lisbon. Not for a long time though. After an audition, Antonio was chosen to take the role of Francisco da Cruz, Amalia's first husband, in the blockbuster Musical 'Amalia'. He performed continuously during 4 years in Lisbon and after that he toured all around Portugal achieving enormous success.