Cristina Branco

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Cristina Branco
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Background information
Birth nameCristina Branco
Born(1972-12-28)28 December 1972
Almeirim, Ribatejo, Portugal
Origin Almeirim, Ribatejo, Portugal
Genres Fado

Cristina Branco (born 28 December 1972 in Almeirim, Ribatejo, Portugal) is a Portuguese musician. She was drawn to jazz and styles of Portuguese music before settling on fado, a choice made after being introduced to the music of Amália Rodrigues by her grandfather. Branco then studied the poems from which the major fado lyrics are taken. Branco performs accompanied by composer Custódio Castelo on guitar. [1] [2]


Personal life

Cristina Branco was married to Tiago Salazar with whom she has two daughters. Cristina Branco became an expat in the Netherlands while she was building a career as a fado singer. The couple endured a complex litigation process with the Portuguese tax office and moved their tax address to the Netherlands in order to take advantage of the favorable tax environment there. [3] The couple got divorced in 2018. She has been linked to the Portuguese Communist Party since an early age and performed in the party's festival Festa do Avante. [4]

On December 5, 2020, Branco was involved and injured on a car accident that was extensively covered by the Portuguese media. This accident occurred on A1 highway, near Cartaxo, which ultimately killed singer Sara Carreira, daughter of Tony Carreira, and also injured singer and actor Ivo Lucas. [5]


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  2. Elliot, Richard (2010). Fado and the Place of Longing: Loss, Memory and the City. Ashgate Publishing, Ltd. ISBN   9780754667957 . Retrieved 9 December 2010.
  3. "Fomos obrigados a emigrar por causa do fisco..." (SIC)
  4. Cristina Branco - Festa do Avante
  5. "Fadista Cristina Branco entre os feridos do acidente que vitimou Sara Carreira".
  6. "Music & Words Frea Records" . Retrieved 9 December 2010.