Mafalda Arnauth is a singer of Fado, a kind of Portuguese folk-blues - it’s not structured like blues, but it’s similar in essence, in the way conveys angst (from: Fate, Agony of Love, Tragedy) in a deceptively simple fashion. Like American rural folk and blues, the instrumentation is simple: voice, two or three guitars and bass; superficially, Fado is similar to Spanish flamenco, and like Flamenco it bears traces of North and West African influences.. Like Klezmer and Western Swing in America, Fado fell out of fashion for a time in its native land - along with her contemporary Mariza, Ms. Arnauth is one of the "new wave" of Fado singers. As fine a singer as Mariza is, she can come across a bit theatrical (in an operatic sense) in tone, where Ms. A. feels more direct, guileless, folkish. And do not be deceived by her youthful beauty - she sings with a profound, affecting wisdom beyond her years, with a deep, supple, amber tone (influenced by Fado queen Amália Rodrigues). Though she doesn’t resemble them, Arnauth is in a class with Marta Sebastyen, Aster Aweke and Marisa Monte - hers is a unique voice, one that must (pardon the hyperbole) be heard by virtually anyone with an interest in global solo vocal music.