Joel Pina, master of several generations of fado, died just days after his 101st birthday of fado

Despite its longevity, the news took the world of fado by surprise: in the month it would be 101 years old, Joel Pina couldn’t resist a stroke. Recently hospitalized at Cascais Hospital, he fell into a coma and died early that night this Thursday. The deterioration in his health in the past few days was known only to those closest to him. In 2020 he celebrated his 100th birthday with a festive dinner in the fado house Mesa de Frades, where he still played and accompanied fadistas (such as João Braga) who sang there that evening.

Joel Pina was born in the village of Rosmaninhal in Idanha-a-Nova in the Castelo Branco district in the same year that Amália Rodrigues was born in 1920. From 1966 to 1994 he accompanied Amália for 29 years. But as the guitarist PÚBLICO recalled, Pedro de Castro, at the time of the show that celebrated the art of Joel Pina, “recorded everything a fado singer was: Fernando Farinha, Beatriz da Conceição, Maria Teresa de Noronha, Frei Hermano da Câmara, everything you can imagine. He was completely transverse to everything. “

This show, which took place on September 24, 2020 at the Teatro Municipal São Luiz in Lisbon, was attended by several musicians and fadistas with whom he also played there and who have long been a reference in the world of fado such as the viola and bass Teacher.