Gouveia has emerged as an impressive voice of a new
generation of fadistas (fado singers) in North America.
Born in Lisbon, he came to Canada at the age of 13, but
never forgot his roots, nor the fados that his father used
to sing at family gatherings. And, being an unabashed
romantic, he simply couldn’t ignore his wife’s great love
for this traditional music of his homeland: She wouldn’t
stop listening to fado at home, and eventually Gouveia
was once again hooked on it, too – not only as a listener,
but this time as a performer.
Although he’s already been singing professionally for
20 years, it was only in 2005 (after his re-conversion
to fado) that Gouveia released his debut fado work, O
Nosso Fado – a compilation of standards in the genre
which reveals his heartfelt, profound passion for it, and
his authentic vocal expression of it. Critically acclaimed
by the Portuguese-Canadian media, his work also won over
many new converts to fado outside of the Portuguese
community. Even if you don’t understand the lyrics,
it’s difficult not to be moved by Gouveia’s performance,
which embodies the essence of the Portuguese soul.
His new album, Fado Ardente, was recorded in Portugal,
and this time offers a blend of new original material along
with some fado standards. The recording is produced by
Jorge Fernando, who also produced worldwide fado star
Mariza’s award-winning debut album, Fado em Mim.
Virtuoso player Custódio Castelo, master of the Portuguese
guitar, also performs on Fado Ardente.
Well known in North America’s Portuguese community for
his 20 years of performance with the well-established
non-fado group Tabu, Gouveia received the prestigious
Merit Award for Music, Portugal Week 2007, presented by
the Alliance of Portuguese Clubs & Associations of Ontario
(A.C.A.P.O.). Gouveia – who has now become something
of an ambassador for fado – has begun to attract new
audiences to the genre with his remarkable performances
at the Brampton and Mill Race (Cambridge) Folk Festivals,
as well as at many Toronto clubs with Nuno Cristo’s Anima
Fado series. In 2007, he performed at the “Fado Toronto”
program in the LuminaTO Festival, held at the Young
Centre for Performing Arts in the Distillery District.
Tony Gouveia is truly the new voice of fado. His soulful
vocals and fervent performances are poised to conquer all
listeners, both inside the Portuguese community and well