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23 September 1959

Maria Adelaide Mengas Matafome Ferreira is a famous Portuguese singer, born in Minde, Alcanena in Portugal. She became a professional actress with acting group ‘Grupo 4’, at Teatro Aberto in Lisbon. She shared the stage with actors like Lia Gama, Rui Mendes and Irene Cruz. In the beginning of her career she acted in plays by based on scripts by controversial poet Ary dos Santos: ‘Os Macacões’ in 1977 and ‘O caso da mãozinha misteriosa in 1978. She started recording a few singles during the late seventies: ‘Meu amor vamos conversar os dois‘ (‘My love let's talk’) in 1978 and ‘Espero por ti’ (‘Wait for you’) in 1980. But it was not until she released the single ‘Baby Suicida’ (‘Suicidal baby’) in 1981 that she scored her first big hit, followed by several other singles: ‘Bichos’ (‘Critters’) in 1981, ‘Não não não’ (‘No no no’) in 1983 and ‘Quero-te, Choro-te, odeio-te, adoro-te’ (‘Want you, crying you, hating you, loving you’) in 1984. These first recordings were uplifting rock songs, with influences from punk music that was very popular at that time.

In 1985 Adelaide represented Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest with the impressive ballad ‘Penso em ti, eu sei’ (‘I think of you, I know’). Unfortunately, she only got 9 points ending in 18th position, just before Belgium. Despite the lack of success and recognition for her performance at the Eurovision Song Contest, Adelaide pursuit a successful recording and acting career in Portugal. Since 1985 she mostly sings ballads, except for her 1996 album ‘O realizador está louco’ which is more rock influenced. For her 1998 album ‘Só baladas’ she rerecorded the song ‘Papel principal’ together with famous Portuguese singer Dulce Pontes. In 2007 she featured on the single ‘Libertango’ aka ‘É só malucos!’ (and appeared in the video clip) with Portuguese rap combo Black Company. With her warm and typical voice she built a loyal fan base. Unlike many other female singers from Portugal, Adelaide never sung fado – she always stuck to pop music.

Adelaide has two daughters, Luana and Alexia.

On the web:

- Adelaide is on Facebook

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What do we think:

PR: Adelaide stole my heart back in 1985 when she performed at the Eurovision with a fantastic, highly emotional ballad. She has not released that many albums, but they are really worth while getting to know better if you are interested in Adelaides musical style: typical  European pop music with Portuguese drama, a warm, tender yet strong voice, mostly ballads and mid tempo songs. I would recommend the albums she released since 2000, starting with the fine and mellow ‘Sentidos’


♪♪ - Entre um coco e um adeus – 1986

Amantes e mortais / Fast and far - 1989

♪♪♪ - O realizador está louco – 1996

♪♪♪ - Só baladas - 1998

♪♪♪♪ - Sentidos - 2000

♪♪♪ ½ - Mais forte que a paixão – 2006

♪♪♪ ½ - Esqueco-me de te esquecer – 2011

♪♪♪♪♪ = outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided






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