A man of great talent, his pen portrayed the imaginary of Lisbon,
describing traditions, personalities, corners, dead ends, narrow
streets, festivities from the daily life of Lisbon.
Carlos Augusto Conde was born in Murtosa on November 22, 1901, and died from a car accident in Lisbon on July 13, 1981. As an office clerk he began writing lyrics at the age of 20. The history of fado consecrated him as a renowned Popular Poet for his various fado repertoires and cegadas texts that were put into music throughout the 20th century 20s and 30s.
A man of great talent, his pen portrayed the imaginary of Lisbon, describing traditions, personalities, corners, dead ends, narrow streets, festivities and other themes from the daily life of Lisbon and its surroundings. He was deeply respected by the fado universe and his poems were sung by the voice of the major Fado singers: Amália Rodrigues, Carlos do Carmo, Fernando Maurício, Maria da Fé, and Alfredo Marceneiro, among many others.
Paulo Conde, grandson of the author, wrote about this great 20th Century popular poet:
“It is not easy to speak about poetry, especially when it comes to popular poetry because its indescribable soul is given by the land itself and by its originality. As in every art, there are artists who stand out, either for their way of life or of being, or for their work. Many, however, are forgotten not due to their lesser quality but often because the popular poetry needs a helping hand that guides them to the major stages.
Let us not forget that it was Carlos Conde who, in 1939, at the then famous Restaurante "Luso" in Lisboa, introduced the woman that would be one of the most famous fado singers of the century. Apart from the several diplomas he won in Jogos Florais throughout the country - where his quatrains had no match - he also wrote extensively for the newspapers "Guitarra de Portugal" and "Ecos de Portugal" (…)
The popular poets such as Carlos Conde are the ones who beautify our soul and enrich the Portuguese tradition and culture, thus deserving all our love and esteem.
He was the author of: Um resto de Mouraria, Alfredo Duarte Júnior; O fado da bica, Amália Rodrigues; Não passes com ela à minha rua, Fernanda Maria; Varinas noivas do mar, Alfredo Duarte Júnior; As três normas, Carlos do Carmo; O Justino da Tipóia, Fernando Maurício; Drama de uma velhinha, Argentina Santos; Bairros de Lisboa, Vitor Duarte; Do amor e da saudade, Maria Amélia Proença; Aí vem o natal, Apache ou Fadista, Alfredo Duarte Júnior; Chama-me doido, Carlos Duarte; Album de Saudades, Francisco Pedro; Ele há-de ter o castigo and Não sou ciumenta, Lucilia do Carmo; Domingo de Agosto, Rodrigo; A saudade é minha, Fernando Maurício; Rapsódia de fado antigo, Adelina Ramos O sotão da amendoeira, Miguel Silva; Trem desmantelado, Carlos do Carmo; and Fins do século passado, Manuel de Almeida, among many others (…)” MF