Gal finds links to Portugal’s Jewish history and its music

THE Israeli-Portuguese Al’Fado band is a ‘sort of mishmash of all kinds of influences,’ according to Gal Tamir.

It’s not exactly a coals to Newcastle scenario, but not far off it.

Gal, an Israeli singer with a pre-state Palestine-born mother and a father with Hungarian roots, lives in Portugal and makes a living mostly singing fado material.

Fado can be loosely described as Portuguese blues, although that refers more to the mournful content than what most of us identify as “the blues”, from Chicago or the deep south of America.

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