In less than twelve years, Mariza has risen from a local phenomenon, known only to a small circle of admirers in Lisbon, to one of the most widely acclaimed stars of the International Music circuit.
It all started with her first CD, Fado em Mim, released in 2001, which quickly led to a number of highly successful international presentations at venues such as the Québec Summer Festival, in which she received the event’s First Award (Most Outstanding Performance), New York’s Central Park, and the Hollywood Bowl. Fado em Mim was an exciting first album, showing a young singer with a rich, vibrant voice and a strong artistic personality. Her approach to the heritage of the great Fado diva was already so personal that she could easily cast away any suggestion of mere imitation.
Mariza’s career now proceeded with even greater success than ever, with multi-platinum album releases, and appearances on some of the most important stages in the world such as the Paris Olympia, the Frankfurt Opera, the London Royal Festival Hall, the Sydney Opera House, the New York Carnegie Hall, and the Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall.
No Portuguese artist since Amália Rodrigues has experienced such a triumphant international career, accumulating success after success on the most prestigious world stages, raving reviews from the most demanding music critics worldwide and countless international awards and distinctions. And her repertoire, while firmly rooted in classical and contemporary Fado, has grown to include occasional Cape Verdean mornas, Brazilian & Spanish classics and other themes she holds dear to her heart.
In the past twelve years, Mariza has long passed the stage of a mere exotic episode in the World Music scene, ready to be replaced by whatever new colorful phenomenon appears in another geographic corner of the recording industry’s market. She proved to be a major international artist, strongly original and immensely gifted, from whom much is yet to be expected in the future. The young girl from Mozambique, raised in the popular Lisbon neighborhood of Mouraria, has mastered the roots of her musical culture and developed into a universal artist who is able to open herself to the world without ever losing her Portuguese identity. Portuguese and International audiences are the first to acknowledge this triumph and pay her back with unlimited love and gratitude.
MARIZA’s new album titled “MARIZA” has just been released in Portugal and across Europe, and it is scheduled to be released Stateside in the fall of 2018.