It is said that Fado music got its name from latin fatum, meaning fate, or destiny. The singer traditionally wears black and at the Tasco Fora de Moda in the Alfama there were three singers and two guitarists. The place is so small, when the singer and two musicians come out for their half-dozen song sets, they block the hallway and food can't be served in the terrace.
The songs were melancholic affairs of destiny, love, and loss, and the applause, deservedly copious. The food, excellent, the service cordial, and the prices ridiculously low.
Who knew these sorts of places are still around?