Dulce José Silva Pontes (Portuguese: [ˈduɫs(ɨ) ʒuˈzɛ ˈsiɫvɐ ˈpõtɨʃ], born April 8, 1969) is a Portuguese songwriter and singer who performs in many musical styles, including pop, folk, and classical music. She is usually defined as a world music artist. Her songs contributed to the 1990s revival of Portuguese urban folk music called fado.
Dulce Pontes in 2013.
|Born||April 8, 1969|
|Genres||Fado, world music, classical, pop|
|Occupation(s)||vocalist, musician, songwriter, actor|
|Years active||1988 - present|
|Associated acts||Andrea Bocelli|
Pontes was born in 1969 in Montijo, a town in the District of Setúbal, near Lisbon. She trained as a pianist, and started a career in singing after entering a competition in her hometown at the age of 18. She soon became an actress on Portuguese television and theater. In 1991, she won the national music festival with her song "Lusitana Paixão", (known in English as "Tell Me"), which led her to represent Portugal at the Eurovision Song Contest. She finished 8th in the competition, which is to date the fourth-best finish for a Portuguese performer.
One of her best known songs is her interpretation of "Canção do Mar" (Song of the Sea), which was later recorded by Sarah Brightman under the name "Harem", and became an international hit in 2003.
Her interpretation of famous fado themes like "Lágrima" e "Estranha Forma de Vida", earned her in the press the name of "successor and heir to Amália Rodrigues".
Dulce Pontes started her career as a mainstream pop artist, but over the years she has evolved to become a world music singer. She blends traditional fado with contemporary styles and searches out new forms of musical expression. She introduced musical traditions of the Iberian Peninsula in her work, rediscovered many long forgotten popular tunes and found use for obsolete musical instruments. Her work is inspired and influenced not only by Iberian musical tradition, but also Arabic, African, Brazilian and Bulgarian sounds. She sings mostly in her native Portuguese.
Dulce Pontes has collaborated with Cesária Évora, Caetano Veloso, Marisa Monte, Daniela Mercury, Carlos Núñez, the Chieftains, Kepa Junkera, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, George Dalaras, Andrea Bocelli (O Mar e Tu, duet sung by Pontes in Portuguese and Bocelli in Neapolitan, for his 1999 album Sogno), Joan Manuel Serrat, Wayne Shorter, Trilok Gurtu, Christopher Tin for his albums Calling All Dawns (Grammy awarded) (on the song Se É Pra Vir Que Venha) and The Drop That Contained the Sea (on the song Passou o Verão) and others.
Her album Focus (2003) is the fruit of a collaboration with Italian composer Ennio Morricone with whom she has also toured and performed live. She sang in prestigious concert halls like Carnegie Hall in New York and the Royal Albert Hall in London, among many other places worldwide.
In June 2006, Pontes prepared her double LP O Coração Tem Três Portas (The Heart Has Three Doors). It was recorded live without an audience in Convent of the Order of Christ in Tomar and St Mary Church in Óbidos. According to the artist, it is "her most personal and intimate album." It includes Portuguese folk music, mostly fado". It was released in December 2006.
Her versatility in music styles shows also in her performances of Latin-American tango's of Astor Piazzolla (for example "Balada para un Loco" and "Maria de Buenos Aires" or "Volver" by Carlos Gardel).
- Lusitana (1992)
- Lágrimas (1993) (Tears)
- Brisa do Coração (1995) (Breeze of the heart) - album live recorded during a concert held May 6, 1995, in Porto.
- Caminhos (1996) (Paths)
- O Primeiro Canto (1999) (The first chant/song)
- Best Of (2003)
- Focus (2003) - with Ennio Morricone collaboration.
- O Coração Tem Três Portas (2006) (The heart has three doors) - including a DVD, recorded live in a convent and church
- Momentos (2009) (Moments)
- Peregrinação (2017)
- Lusa, (press agency) (3 November 2014). "Dulce Pontes atua em Portugal em janeiro". observador.pt. Observador On Time.
- Biography listed on Portal do Fado, (accessed December 22, 2014).
- Ranta, Riku (June 13, 2012). "History: Eurovision Song Contest 1991 in Rome". escwebs.net. ESC Webs. Archived from the original on December 22, 2014.
- Listing for the Sarah Brightman album 'Harem' on Discogs.com, (accessed December 22, 2014).
- Chart listing (dance) on Billboard.com, (accessed December 22, 2014).
- Listing of the Focus album on Discogs.com, (accessed December 22, 2014).
- http://www.tvi24.iol.pt/musica/dulce-pontes-entrevista-video-momentos-novo-disco-nudez/1067643-4060.html Dulce Pontes recorda 20 anos de carreira em disco
- Romero, Angel (2 September 2010). "Memorable Dulce". worldmusiccentral.org. World Music Central.
- "DULCE PONTES : Momentos".
- do Bebé. "Dulce Pontes está grávida - do Bebé, para si, pelos seus bebés..." Archived from the original on 2013-10-04.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Dulce Pontes.|
- Official website (in English) (in Portuguese)
- Dulce Pontes co-official website (in Spanish)
- Ondeia Música (in English) (in Portuguese)
|Awards and achievements|
with "Há sempre alguém"
| Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest
with "Amor d'água fresca"