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8 April 1969
Dulce José Silva Pontes  was born in 1969 in Montijo, a town in the District of Setúbal, near Lisbon. She trained as a pianist, and started a career in singing after entering a competition in her hometown at the age of 18. She soon became an actress on Portuguese television and theater. In 1991, she won the national music festival with her song "Lusitana Paixão", which translates to "Lusitanian Passion", (known in English as "Tell Me"), which led her to represent Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest. She finished 8th in the competition, which is to date the fourth-best finish for a Portuguese performer.

In 1992 Dulce recorded his first album containing mostly pop songs. in 1993 , when she released thesecond album called ‘Lagrimas . Dulce addressed the ‘traditional fado in an unorthodox way. Mixing it with traditional rhythms and modern instruments, looking for new forms of musical expression. Iberian rhythms enriched with sounds and motifs inspired by the tradition of Arabic and Balkan music, mainly Bulgarian.
"Canção do Mar" (Song of the Sea), became an international hits when it was the key song in the finale of the American thriller ‘Primal Fear’. It, was later recorded by Sarah Brightman, under the name "Harem".  The 1995 live concert ‘Brisa do Coração’ was a tribute to the traditional fado. Pontes then stated exploring traditional music from the Iberian island and presented them on ‘O Primeiro Canto’ not only singing in Portuguese, but also in Galician and mirandês.  In 2003 she recorded together with Ennio Morricone who wrote some songs especially for her (next to some classics that were part of the album).  By then Pontes only worked in special project that took years to construct. For ‘O Coração Tem Três Portas’ she did a research into medieval fado and folkmusic. The program was presented during a special live show at the Church of Santa Maria in Obidos and the Convent of Christ in Tomar.

Dulce Pontes has collaborated with Cesária Évora, Caetano Veloso, Marisa Monte, Carlos Núñez, the Chieftains, Kepa Junkera, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, George Dalaras, Andrea Bocelli (O Mar e Tu, duet sung by Pontes in Portuguese and Bocelli in Neapolitan, for his 1999 album Sogno), and others. In 2009, Pontes released Momentos, a double disc collection that includes songs from her 20 year career as well as several previously unreleased tracks. Currently, she is working on an album of all new songs which is titled Nudez.

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DB: Pontes is usually defined as an artist of world music and ends up in the fado section. Which is not really justified. Indeed she contributed heavily to the revival of fado in the nineties of the last century. But where her sisters and followers like Mariza, Misia and Cristina Branco stay very close to the traditional fado-form Pontes takes a more interesting path. Mixing it with pop, classical music and exploring the very roots of the genre. As a songwriter, poet, arranger and producer she is much more interesting then to be disqualified as just another fado singer. Her dramatic soprano with a powerful, versatile and penetrating voice can sing very subtle and very hard. An artist walking the thin line between world music, jazz, light music and modern popular music.


- Lusitana (1992)

- Lágrimas (1993)

- Brisa do Coração (1995)

- Caminhos (1996)

- O Primeiro Canto (1999)

- Focus (2003)

- O Coração Tem Três Portas (2006)

♪♪♪♪♪ = 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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