Carlos Leitão

Fado singer and with a love for Fado, Carlos Leitão is a Portuguese singer, composer and musician.

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Carlos Leitão was born in Lisbon and, before leaving for the Alentejo where he has his family roots, more specifically in Arraiolos, he made his childhood dream come true: he obtained a degree in Social Communication and became a journalist. He dedicated himself to the viola de fado from the age of 11, at the same time that he won the Grande Noite do Fado, at Coliseu dos Recreios, as a fado singer, in the “juvenile” category.

As a journalist, he works in several publications, such as the newspapers Autosport, A Bola, Diário de Notícias, among others, but for various reasons he leaves journalism in Lisbon and, at the age of 24, leaves for Arraiolos. He stayed there for ten years, and it was during this period that he began to dedicate himself to music in a more focused and professional way.

In 2011 he joins the fixed cast of Clube de Fado, in Alfama, where he still sings daily, and two years later he edits his first album of originals “Do Quarto”, totally designed in function of the experience of a decade in Alentejo.

Ten years later, he returns to Lisbon, and starts planning his second album, “Sala de Estar”. In 2017, he presents it with his own lyrics and challenging composers such as Rui Veloso, Júlio Resende, Custódio Castelo, among others, to set them to music. Carlos Leitão then steps on the stages of the CCB (Belém Cultural Center), Montepio Fado Cascais, Santa Casa Alfama, Fado Museum, Lisbon Museum, S. João Fair and Garcia de Resende Theater (Évora), Arraiolos Castle, Festivals Corroios, among many others, in Portugal and abroad.

The Casa trilogy is closed with “Casa Vazia”, in 2019. Professor Júlio Machado Vaz writes his first lyrics for a fado, still not knowing that he was giving the title to the album. Join Salvador Sobral, João Só, Jorge Benvinda, Vitorino, Tozé Brito and Marco Horácio, a selection of excellence that Carlos Leitão brought to fill his “Casa Vazia”, still without guessing what would come in 2020…

With the pandemic and confinement, culture stopped, and Carlos Leitão intensified his artistic creation by rediscovering prose and accepting the challenge of writing a chronicle for a weekly magazine. Successive confinements thicken his volume of writing and, with the naturalness of someone who loves what he does, he writes for the first time two short stories, one of them children’s.

Carlos Leitão, in countercurrent, then imagined a future free of covid and the changes it would bring to people’s lives. “Santo Covid” was born (set in Lisbon, in the typical Alfama, the neighborhood that inspires him and where he goes to sing at the Clube de Fado daily), and “Blue, the cat with green eyes”, a children’s tale inspired by his deep love for people and for the lands of Alentejo.

With the pandemic and confinement, culture stopped, and Carlos Leitão intensified his artistic creation by rediscovering prose and accepting the challenge of writing a chronicle for a weekly magazine. Successive confinements thicken his volume of writing and, with the naturalness of someone who loves what he does, he writes for the first time two short stories, one of them for children.

Carlos Leitão, in countercurrent, then imagined a future free of covid and the changes it would bring to people’s lives. “Santo Covid” was born (set in Lisbon, in the typical Alfama, the neighborhood that inspires him and where he goes to sing at the Clube de Fado daily), and “Blue, the cat with green eyes”, a children’s tale inspired by his deep love for people and for the lands of Alentejo.

The gradual return to a normal life took him to the studio to enshrine in a new album (which is just finishing) the themes he wrote and composed in the backwaters of the pandemic. Its presentation is scheduled for the beginning of 2022.

Carlos Leitão | Blue, a gata dos olhos verdes

The gradual return to a normal life took him to the studio to enshrine in a new album (which is just finishing) the themes he wrote and composed in the backwaters of the pandemic. Its presentation is scheduled for the beginning of 2022.

Carlos Leitão | Casa Vazia

Carlos Leitão

Carlos Leitão
Carlos Leitão
Carlos Leitão
Carlos Leitão | Casa Vazia
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Carlos Leitão | Dona Maria Dilema
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Carlos Leitão | Um Quarto para as Duas
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Carlos Leitão | Sexta feira
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