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  • Fated for Fado: Ramana Vieira brings Portugal to Berkeley

    When Ramana Vieira talks about the late fado queen Amália Rodrigues, her brown eyes shine and her voice takes on a worshipful tone. But her star-struck affect doesn’t mean that Vieira feels constrained by Rodrigues’s sanctified status as the embodiment of the convention-bound Portuguese song form, with its anguished disquisitions on loss, heartache and the vicissitudes of fate