Prime Minister José Sócrates, who was overwhelmingly elected nearly two years ago on a pledge to modernize Portugal, has mixed feelings about fado.
'Fado is about nostalgia, a sadness that is very intimate', Sócrates said in an interview. 'I'm not a huge fan'.
On the streets today, everyone in the older generation seems to know a fado song or two. It does not taking much urging to persuade a Lisbon taxi driver — like the Venetian gondolier — to sing.
Not Sócrates. 'I promised myself when I entered politics never to sing and never to dance', the prime minister said. 'I respect fado too much to imitate it'."