Dulce José Silva Pontes
(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
Pontes was born in 1969 in Montijo
, a large city in the District of Setúbal
, not far from Lisbon
.So then she trained as a pianist, she became a singer after entering a competition in her hometown at age 18. She soon became an actress
in Portuguese television
. 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
, where she finished 8th, which to date is the fourth-best finish for a Portuguese performer in this contest).
"Canção do Mar
" (Song of the Sea), one of her many international hits, was later recorded by Sarah Brightman
, under the name "Harem
", and became a #1 Dance & Crossover hit in the US for Brightman.
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... Read More