The artist of Portuguese Fado music known as Cathy Pimentel has released her latest official EP album, “Fado Coimbra Live.” The EP has been long awaited by fans of the Portuguese-Canadian singer, who has been called “the ambassador of Fado in Canada,” “the incomparable voice of Fado,” “a true and complete artist,” “the best kept secret in Montreal” and “the voice of the soul.” Her “Fado Coimbra Live” EP is expected to drop worldwide 9 June 2016.
Pimentel cites as main artistic influences Amalia Rodrigues, Mariza, Ana Moura, Luis Goes, Camane, Enya, Dalida, Maria Callas, Mizia, Dulce Pontes, Diego El Cigala, Cesaria Evora, and others. She has been singing in the traditional Portuguese Fado style since 2012. Since then she has performed over 100 shows in Canada, the United States, the Portuguese capital of Lisbon, and is scheduled to bring her inimitable sound to Brazil in August, 2016.
One music journalist writes of Cathy Pimentel, “She sees paradise and sings for those who do not see.”
Pimentel’s own take on the Fado mode of music takes its root rhythms and melodies and stirs in elements of classical music and opera. When singing Fado she often accompanies herself on guitar or piano. She is frequently chosen to represent Fado internationally, including a performance on Canada’s ARTV channel, in the Festival Nuits d’Afrique (Nights of Africa Festival), in the International Festival of Montreal Portugal, and during a ceremony organized for the finance ministers of Quebec and Ontario in 2014.
Cathy Pimentel’s 2014 album “Fado Horizonte” has been a success with French and Portuguese media in Quebec on ICI Radio-Canada, CBC, and CIBL, having stayed on the charts for weeks, reaching No. 1 in April 2014 in the world music category. She has been the focus of over 40 music articles.
“Fado Coimbra Live” was performed in concert with renowned musicians from Coimbra, Portugal and Montreal, Quebec. It was organized by the LUSOBEC foundation to promote the beauty of the Portuguese Fado and culture. Pimentel’s own Coimbra Fado is particularly unique, as the Coimbra is generally performed by male singers. She has performed it for audiences of thousands since the opening of the show on 6 May 2015.
“Fado is the music of the people, of suffering, of lost love, and emotional tearing,” one journalist wrote in a press release for Pimentel’s 2013 record. “[Fado is] the music of everyday stories that we can all relate to.”
“Fado Coimbra Live” by Cathy Pimentel is available beginning 9 June 2016 at more than 700 digital music retailers online worldwide. Fans of Latin, Portuguese, classical, and other great music styles in general should definitely give a listen.
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