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Raquel Tavares was born January 11, 1985 and is a singer of Fado. She was born in Lisbon and had taken a normal route towards her education, but finally decided she could not leave music behind.
She won the biggest song contest dedicated to fado in Portugal: “Grande Noite Do Fado”. She sings regularly at “Bacalhau De Molho”, one of the most famous fado houses in Lisbon, and has performed shows all over Europe in cities like Paris, Rome and Madrid.
Raquel sings what she sees, feels and smells around her, what she lives from day to day. And nothing suits her purposes better than the tangible, real-life stories written by Linhares Barbosa, the fado poet who best told the tales of the people.
Her first album was released in 2006 and this was also the year when she was the winner of the Amália Rodrigues Revelation Prize. Her second album, Bairro came out in May 2008. She’s been named one of the most representative fado singers of the new generation and no longer just a promising voice.
In 2004, Raquel played a small part, as a Fado singer, in Mário Barroso's film "O Milagre segundo Salomé" - "The Miracle According to Salomé". She entered in the Eurovision Dance Contest 2008 with João Tiago where they finished in the 8th place.
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