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Amalia Rodrigues
Amalia Rodrigues
October 6, 1999
Age 79
 
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  Portugal bids final farewell to its fado queen
 
                  LISBON, Portugal (Reuters) -- To the mournful strumming of fado guitars, a 
                  grieving Portugal said an emotional farewell Friday to Amalia Rodrigues, the 
                  folk singer who rose from poverty to became a national icon.  

                  During a state funeral held in Lisbon's Estrela Basilica, 15 guitarists played 
                  one of the queen of fado's best-known songs, "Amalia" that had been written 
                  especially for her.  

                  President Jorge Sampaio headed the mourners, who included leading figures 
                  from political and cultural life, while outside tens of thousands of people lined 
                  the half-mile route from the church to the Prazeres cemetery.  

                  The death Wednesday of the fado singer has cast a long shadow over 
                  campaigning for Sunday's general election, forcing parties to limit their 
                  political activities.  

                  Possessing a dark, tormented beauty, Amalia began singing in the taverns of 
                  Lisbon in the 1930s and went on to popularize fado, a haunting lament that is 
                  part of Portuguese culture, in many parts of the world.  

                  Actor Anthony Quinn was among international personalities to send flowers.  

                  Amalia made hundreds of records and numerous films and was still singing 
                  and packing theaters in Portugal well into her 70s.  

                  With her natural sadness and working class simplicity, she captured the 
                  pessimism and longing of fado, which takes its name from the local word for 
                  fate and is Portugal's version of the blues.  

                  "Amalia Rodrigues was the voice of the Portuguese soul," Prime Minister 
                  Antonio Guterres said.  

                  At the end of the funeral service, her clear and melodic voice was heard 
                  singing another of a her most famous songs, "O Grito (The Cry)," which 
                  prompted long applause from mourners inside the basilica.  

                  Soccer legend Eusebio, like Amalia, one of the few people to be known 
                  throughout Portugal by their first names, was the last person to place a kiss 
                  on the singer's coffin before it was placed in the funeral car to be driven to 
                  the cemetery.  

                     Copyright 1999 Reuters. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, 
                                   broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

        
Voters distracted by death of folk music queen
      Portugal's election campaign has been overshadowed by 
      the death of Amalia Rodrigues, the treasured queen of fado,  
      a melancholy folk  music that is part of Portugal's national culture.  

      Rodrigues died this week at age 79.  She was buried Friday with full 
      state honors. To many, the singer's death symbolized the passing of  
      the old Portugal. Fado melodies lament a nation in decline after  
      maritime greatness.  

      The election campaign also has been overshadowed by the  
      deployment of an international peacekeeping force to keep order 
      in the former Portuguese colony of East Timor.  

      The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this report. 

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