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Fausto Bordalo Dias, creator of the novel “For This River Above”, has died.

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“Fausto Bordalo Dias died tonight at his home, the victim of a long illness,” Lusa quoted a representative of the artistic agency O Sol do Mundo as saying.

Fausto is one of the biggest names in Portuguese music. He recorded 12 albums throughout his career that began in the late 1960s..The last original album, “In Search of the Blue Mountains”, was released in 2011. Since then, the musician has performed sporadically.

Carlos Fausto Bordalo Gomez Dias was born on board the ship homelandDuring a trip between Portugal and Angola. It will be recorded on November 26, 1948 in Vila Franca das Naves, Trancoso.

In Angola he formed his first band called Os Rebeldes..

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At the age of twenty, in Lisbon, Fausto completed his degree in Political and Social Sciences at the Higher Institute of Social and Political Sciences Ultramarina, currently ISCSP.His first EP was released in 1969, entitled “Fausto”, a work that earned him the Visionary Award granted by Rádio Renascença.

Fausto Bordalo Dias was alongside names like José Afonso, Adriano Correia de Oliveira, Manuel Freire, José Mário Branco, or Luís Celia.In May 1974, he helped found GAC with José Mario Branco, Afonso Dias and Tino Flores.

In 1978, he signed the soundtrack for the film “A Confederação” by Luis Galvão Telles, with Sergio Godinho and José Mário Branco. In 2009, he joined Sergio Godinho and José Mário Branco again in the show “Três cantos ao vivo”, which would result in a live album..


In March of last year, Felipe Sampado, Surma and Primera Dama paid tribute to Fausto in the second semi-final of the 57th Festival de Canção, on RTP: they then performed the themes “O barco vai de exit”, “Como um um dream”, “War is war”, “Parade of the penitents”, and “Reminds me of a beautiful dream”.

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President Praises One of the 'Biggest Names' in Portuguese Music

The President of the Republic said he had received with sadness the news of the death of Fausto Bordalo Dias, “who left over decades a musical legacy intertwined with the history of Portugal itself.”

Fausto belonged to a group of musicians who translated the feelings of the Portuguese people into songs of intervention, and Therefore, it is inevitable to link Fausto's name with the biggest names in Portuguese music.“Like José Afonso, José Mario Branco or Sergio Godinho,” reads a note published in location For the presidency.

“To the family and friends of Fausto Bordalo Dias, I send my deepest and most heartfelt condolences,” he added.


Prime Minister Luis Montenegro also reacted. “The music of Fausto Bordalo Dias has fascinated us for decades. It is with great regret that I receive the news of his death, which does not mean that he has disappeared. “The contribution he made to music and Portugal is immortal and will continue to inspire us,” he wrote on social network X.

“I will never speak of Faust in the past tense.”

In an interview with RTP3, musician Carlos Alberto Moniz spoke of “a man with a very solid culture”, which makes his texts “very rich”.

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“I will never speak of Fausto in the past tense. Fausto is a great composer, he is a great performer, and his work will live on forever.announced.

“No one to this day has been able to write songs like Fausto.” “They try,” he says, “but they don’t succeed, believe me. “There are distinct personalities in their composition and interpretation.”

“Our relationship goes back to the 70s, when we played with José Afonso. We even went to London to record Color of the courts“We spent ten days camping at a friend’s house,” recalls Carlos Alberto Muniz.

Musician Julio Pereira also remembers his times with Fausto. “We spent days at Fausto's house working on song after song, talking about lyrics, about music, and it was a great time.”He told RTP.

Julio Pereira recalls that Fausto was one of the first to create original music based on traditional Portuguese music. “Being the composer’s music, you can feel that Portugal is there in terms of its musical tradition. This actually ended with time,” he explained.

Maestro Antonio Vitorino d'Almeida, in turn, spoke of “an inevitable name for a movement that still has defenders and fighters” and that “uses music as an effective form of political, social and moral enlightenment for the people”.

“The world unfortunately needs more musicians and artists like Fausto than ever before.”He considered that they “use music as a weapon.”

Nuno Galopim, Antena 1 Program Director, was heard on RTP3, where he highlighted the legacy of Fausto “the Giant”.

“I knew how to listen to the criteria of our identity as a people and as a culture.”Nuno Galopim pointed out.

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