Paulo de Carvalho

Not to be confused with Paulo Carvalho.
Paulo de Carvalho
Birth name Manuel Paulo de Carvalho da Costa
Born (1947-05-15) 15 May 1947
Lisbon, Portugal
Genres Fado
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals, drums
Years active 1965–present
Associated acts The Sheiks

Paulo de Carvalho (born Manuel Paulo de Carvalho Costais, in Lisbon, on May 15, 1947) is a Portuguese singer.


Carvalho co-founded the band, The Sheiks, in 1965. He sang and played the drums. He also played an instrumental role, either as a founder or a guest, of many other important Portuguese bands of the 60's, among them bands such as Fluido, Banda 4 and Thilo's Combo.[1] The Sheiks was Portugals answer to the Beatles. During the 60's Portugal was ruled by an authoritarian dictatorship. This band came as a result of the climate in Portugal and captured the national mood. The people wanted the brightness of the Beatles sound and the Sheiks provided. The band sang songs such as Summertime, Missing You and Tell Me Bird. Though the band eventually broke up and Carvalho moved into contemporary Fado, the Sheiks have regrouped and performed in recent years.[2]

As a solo performer, Carvalho participated in the Festival RTP da Canção[3] and Eurovision Song Contest in 1974[4] and 1977. It was his song, the Portuguese entry for the Eurovision Song Contest, "E Depois do Adeus", which was used as the passcode at the beginning of the coup which toppled Portugal's dictatorship (in what has become known as the Carnation Revolution), giving Carvalho a permanent place in his country's history.[5] During the 70's and early 80's, Carvalho won many international performance awards in Bulgaria, Poland and Belgium and was a strong participant in other music festivals in Chile, Argentina and Spain.[1]

In 1985, Carvalho began professionally associating himself with Fado, deferring to Portugal's traditional music as globalization came to be seen as a threat to his homeland's cultural heritage; Desculpem qualquer coisinha was his first record following this shift, and (though controversial) remains his most commercially successful venture.[1] Many of Carvalho's songs were written by José Nisa, José Calvário and Ary dos Santos as well as a poem by Alda Lara ("Mãe Negra"). He has worked with Fernando Tordo, Tozé Brito, Carlos Mendes and Os Amigos and performed duets with Brito, Tordo and Dulce Pontes, among others. Several greatest hits albums have been released.

Some of his best known songs are:

Personal life

Carvalho has been married three times. His first marriage to Teresa Maria Lobato de Faria Sacchetti produced one child, singer Mafalda Sachetti. His second marriage to Helena Isabel produced one child, Bernardo. His last marriage with Fernanda Borges produced one child Paulo Nuno. He is currently in a partnership with artist Susana Lemos with whom he has two girls.


Carvalho can be described as a new fadisto, singing a contemporary fado, as opposed to the fado of Amalia Rodrigues, whose songs were rooted in an older tradition. Carvalho's style fuses contemporary Portuguese pop with some traditional elements of fado. In many cases, his songs mix other Iberian or pan-European traditions, the song "Minh Alma" for example is more flamenco-pop than fado.[6] This trend is visible throughout his career in fado. Carvalho takes from the wider world of ballads and adds elements of jazz, pop, or whatever else he sees fit into his songs, yet still maintains the result as fado.


Carvalho was awarded with medal of Ordem da Liberdade by Cavaco Silva, President of Portugal, on June 10, 2009.



  1. 1 2 3 "Biography". Paulo De Carvalho Official Website. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
  2. "Beatlemania regressa em concerto único no dia 3:Sheiks "ressuscitam" em Santarém". Journal de arte, cultura & cidadania (76). 31 Jan 2007.
  3. Harris, Craig. "Biography: Paulo de Carvalho". Allmusic. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  4. "Portugal 1974: Paulo de Carvalho, "E Depois Do Adeus"". Eurovision Song Contest. Retrieved 29 December 2010.
  5. Azevedo, Miguel (5 May 207). "Acho que não sou uma pessoa muito conhecida". Correio da Manha. Retrieved 11 October 2012. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. Elliott, Richard (2010). Fado and the Place of Longing: Loss, Memory and the City. Ashgate. p. 166. ISBN 9780754667957.
 7.Passado-Presente Uma Viagem ao Universo de Paulo de Carvalho, Soraia Simões

See also

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Fernando Tordo
with "Tourada"
Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Duarte Mendes
with "Madrugada"
Preceded by
Carlos do Carmo
with "Uma flor de verde pinho"
Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest
(as a part of Os Amigos)
Succeeded by
with "Dai li dou"
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