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Cultures Around the World: Nepal, Syria, Portugal, and America

Portuguese Music
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Portuguese music has been influenced by the Arabs and from the Moors who resided there until the thirteenth century. Several waves of invading Celts have also left their mark: The northern section of Portugal, Tras-os-montes, uses bagpipes, fiddles, flutes, and tinwistles in many of their pieces. The southern section, Baixo Alentejo, on the other hand, is known for its elaborate polyphonic singing groups.

Portugal's most famous form of music though, is fado. Fado songs are the long laments of singer talking of loneliness, poverty and sadness. Fado is believed to have started out as the music of imported Brasilian slaves in the 1800's.

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