She was asked to perform a role as a Fado Singer in a traditional kind of play called “Revista à Portuguesa”.
Born in Ribatejo Joana Costa started very early to show interest in music. After participating for several years in the annual Contest for Young Singers, in her hometown, Torres Novas, she had the chance, at the tender age of 9, to make a record along with the other contestants. Fado came to her life for the first time at the age of 16 in a culturally traditional environment in the village of Chamusca, right in the heart of Ribatejo. She was asked to perform a role as a Fado Singer in a traditional kind of play called “Revista à Portuguesa”.
From that moment on she has travelled all over Portugal singing mainly traditional Fado, but adding less traditional poets like José Carlos Ary dos Santos, João Dias, Artur Ribeiro and Vasco de Lima Couto. Her first record “Recado”(Note) is the manifestation of a dream in the search of fado. And it is as a note that Joana comes to us. The first single to be released, named after the album, has the words of the poet António Lobo Antunes, which the singer makes even nobler when she sings them. Recorded and co-produced in O Porto by the quartet and by Francisco Maldonado, this record was born from the idea of recreating a concert in which all the songs were sung as if it was the last concert.
It’s a privilege for any singer to give voice to poets like António Lobo Antunes, Tiago Torres da Silva, António Torre da Guia, Pedro Homem de Mello, Ferrer Trindade, Fernando Perez e Carlos Ary dos Santos, among others. Besides the three orignal songs, the album has songs like ‘Lisboa Garrida’ (Colourful Lisbon), ‘Meu Corpo’ (My Body) e ‘Sou um Fado Desta Idade’ (I’m a Fado of This Age), successes of the singer Beatriz da Conceição, who has always been a Great source of inspiration for Joana Costa. Currently working has a psychologist and living in O Porto, Joana still travels throughout the country as a Fado singer. She considers Fado as an art, like painting and sculpting.
Even more as Fado is an important part of the country's cultural heritage and is also representative of both music and poetry. If art is the highest representation of human expression than Fado is expression, Fado is art.