‘MAX’: Maximiano de Sousa


Maximiano de Sousa Also known as Max (20 January 1918, in Funchal, Madeira – 29 May 1980) 
was a Portuguese Fado singer.

Max was one of the most popular Fado singers from the 1940s until well after his death in 1980.



Maximiano de Sousa, known to most people as Max, was a Madeiran (Portuguese: madeirense), born in Funchal in 1918. It was here where his career started. He was a tailor, and even after becoming an artist, he long maintained that profession.

In 1936 he began working at night in a hotel bar in Funchal as a singer and continued to work as a tailor during the day.

In 1957, he left for the United States where he remained for two years, afterward he toured Angola, Mozambique, South Africa, Brazil, and Argentina.


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