Fado pop song ‘saves’ Portugal’s generation precarity; will Eurovision?

Article published on March 9, 2011
Article published on March 9, 2011

'I belong to the no-pay generation and I think to myself, what a crazy world where you can study to become a slave,' swoons singer Ana Bacalhau. The song Parva que sou (‘How Dumb I Am’) by the group Deolinda was already an internet and concert hit in Portugal in February. A draft law signed on 3 March would put an end to all unpaid internships, which the Portuguese media (such as the Diário Económico) have linked as a reaction to the song. We doubt this year’s unofficial eurovision song contest entry would have the same impact. Homens da Luta (‘men of battle’)l represent Portugal with their song Luta é Alegria (‘The Struggle is Joy’). Lyrics include ‘It is pointless when the belt tight/ And the people are advancing on the street yelling’