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Simão Oliveira

Already known to Portuguese audiences, Simão from Arouca near Porto, won ‘The Voice Kids Portugal’ at the age of 14.

A talented clarinetist, Simão plays in his hometown’s youth band and is the first member of his family to pursue a career in music.

He began singing at the age of 4 and fell in love with fado; the traditional style of Portuguese story-telling through expressive and profoundly melancholic songs. His idols from that genre are: Tony de Matos, Amália Rodrigues (known as the ‘Queen of Fado’) and António Zambujo (one of the coaches on The Voice - Portugal).

Simão loves the countryside and his animals. He’s not so keen on modern technology.

Lyrics of O Rapaz

No rádio, p’la manhã, fiz-me cantor,
Ouvia e repetia, sempre só.
Brinquei ao som dessas canções de amor
Que guardam a memória à minha avó.

Eu sei que é muito cedo, eu sou um petiz,
Não tenho idade até p’rás entender
Mas oiço um coração no que se diz,
Na alma portuguesa de o dizer.

Sou o rapaz das canções de amor,
Fizeram de mim
Tudo o que sonhei.

Sou o rapaz que se fez cantor
Num rádio a tocar
O que vida tem.

Ouvi as dores de quem escreveu a vida,
Num canto antigo a dar a voz
Às histórias que guardei.

Sou um rapaz, vou crescer e o amor
Vai dizer por mim
Tudo o que cantei.

A quem perguntar,
Vivo os dias de hoje
Mas sou de outro tempo,
Sou assim.

Sou o rapaz das canções de amor,
Fizeram de mim
Tudo o que sonhei.

Sou o rapaz que se fez cantor
Num rádio a tocar
O que vida tem.

Sou um rapaz, vou crescer e o amor
Vai dizer por mim
Tudo o que cantei.
On the radio, in the morning, I became a singer,
I listened and repeated, always alone.
I played to the sound of these love songs
That keep my grandmother’s memory.

I know it's too soon, I'm just a kid,
I'm not even old enough to understand them
But I hear a heart in what is said,
In the Portuguese soul of saying it.

I'm the boy of the love songs,
They made of me
Everything I dreamed of.

I'm the boy who became a singer
On a radio playing
All that life has.

I heard the pains of those who wrote their life,
In an old chant giving their voice
To the stories I kept for myself.

I'm a boy, I will grow up
and love will say for me
Everything I sang.

To those who ask
I live in the present
But I'm from another time,
It’s just who I am.

I'm the boy of the love songs,
They made of me
Everything I dreamed of.

I'm the boy who became a singer
On a radio playing
All that life has.

I'm a boy, I will grow up
and love will say for me
Everything I sang.