Fausto Bordalo Dias, known to many only by his first name, has enjoyed a musical career blending African, Indian, Celtic and Portuguese influences that has spanned several decades. The songwriter/performer has had a significant presence below the surface of pop recognition in his native Portugal from the 70's through the 00's and beyond. Fausto's wide ranging stylistic influences and progressive political/social themes established him as a leader in the genre early on, a role he maintained ever since. Though born in Vila Franca das Naves (1948) Fausto grew up in the Portuguese colony of Nova Lisboa, located in central Angola. His upbringing and education in Africa left a mark on Fausto that would come to characterize his career. At the age of 20 Fausto returned to his native Portugal, forming the band Os Rebeldes (The Rebels). His work with the group got him plugged into the progressive music circles where he began to hear the life of a solo artist calling. Six years later that call was answered with the release of his solo debut, Pró que der a Vier. A follow up came only a year later (Um Beco com Saida), and a third release two years after that (Madrugada dos Trapeiros). His discography grew, producing an enormous catalog of repertoire both deeply rooted in Portuguese culture and drawing in world music influences. Fausto's 1982 release Por este Rio Acima was quickly regarded as a landmark album in Portuguese musical history. Dias wields considerable influence on Portugal's pop music world. His music is often sited as influential by the nation's top charting artists. Dias records also continue to maintain a strong presence on Portuguese airwaves. His 2007 release 18 Cancoes de Amor e Mais de Ressent peaked at number 12 on airplay charts, maintaining a spot in the Top 40 for six weeks following it's release.
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