#OBITUARY: Dina from Portugal has died aged 62

OBITUARY: Dina from Portugal has died aged 62

Singer Dina, who represented Portugal in the 1992 Eurovision Song Contest, has died after a short illness aged 62.

She sang in the contest held in Malmö’s Isstadion on 9 May 1992, performing the song Amor d’agua fresca, co-written by her and Rosa Lobato de Faria. It finished 17th out of 23 songs.

Dina, the stage name of Ondina Maria Farias Veloso was born in Carregal do Sal in central Portugal in 1956. She started performing in 1975 and recorded two EPs for Radio Triunfo with the Quinteto Angola.

She first tried to represent Portugal at Eurovision in 1980 with the song Guardado em mim, co written with Edoardo Nobre. She battled through a semi-final of 17th Festival da Canção, and finished eighth in the final. She lost out to José Cid. Here’s her song from 1980.

She tried again in 1982, finishing 7th out of 12. Her song this time was co written with António Pinho and was called Gosto do teu gosto. Doce won in 1982 with Bem bom.

In the years before and after her appearance in Malmö, she also concentrated writing, both songs and themes for TV shows and telenovelas. One of career highlights was a 30th anniversary concert in 2009 at the Teatro São Luiz in Lisbon. More recently, ill-health forced her to announce the end of her singing career. She died in hospital in Lisbon on 11 April.

Eurovision Ireland’s thought are with Dina’s family and friends at this sad time.

Author: John Stanton

Source: Eurovision Ireland

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