Noting the inadequacy of understanding music as a mere superficial phenomenon of a sociopolitical expression, we will show, in this article, how Fado Bicha emphasizes the importance of performativity in an improbable resistance founded on fado. In fact, we seek to demonstrate how the performances and songs of Fado Bicha assume themselves as producers of denunciation and protest and, above all, are (re)creators of gender themes/problems. Their manifest insurgence in the Portuguese reality, by provoking agitation and change through their reading of it, constitutes an integral element of a collective identity reconfigured by artivism. Thus, we sought to break with the fact that music, as a medium that reaches a large number of people on a trans-global scale, has still been little studied in terms of its political impact, i.e. as an instrument of refutation of hegemonies, of resistance and of the articulation of new alternatives – and, precisely where it was least expected – in fado.

GUERRA, Paula (2022). Noise! Let’s let Fado Bicha sing. Citizenship, resistance and politics in contemporary popular music [Noise! Let Fado Bicha sing. Citizenship, Resistance and Politics in Contemporary Popular Music]. Revista de Antropologia (São Paulo, Online), 65(2), e202284, ISSN 0034-7701, ISSNe 1678-9857. URL:

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