Affectionately known as the ‘Queen of Fado’, GRAMMY-nominated singer Mariza is the most celebrated champion of the musical genre and has become one of the most widely acclaimed stars on the World Music circuit. Nominated for UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity status, Fado infuses music and poetry to form a multicultural synthesis of Afro-Brazilian sung dances, traditional rural music and cosmopolitan urban song patterns.
In less than twelve years, Mariza has risen from a well-hidden local phenomenon, known only to a small circle of admirers in Lisbon, to one of the most widely acclaimed world music stars.
No Portuguese artist since Amália Rodrigues has experienced such a triumphant international career, accumulating success after success on the most prestigious world stages, rave reviews and numerous international awards and distinctions. She is a UNICEF Ambassador of Goodwill and Ambassador of Fado’s Candidacy to World Heritage by UNESCO. Her awards and honours include being named BBC Radio 3 ‘Best World Music Artist’ (2003), Womex ‘Best Artist’ (2014) and Songlines ‘Best Album’ (2015). She has had conferred on her the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator by Portuguese President Jorge Sampaio and the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et Lettres by the French Government.
She has collaborated with stars including Lenny Kravitz, Sting, Jacques Morelenbaum, John Mauceri, José Merced, Miguel Poveda, Gilberto Gil, Ivan Lins, Cesária Évora, Tito Paris, Carlos do Carmo and Rui Veloso.
Mariza has appeared on some of the most important stages in the world including the Paris Olympia, the Frankfurt Opera, the London Royal Festival Hall, the Amsterdam Le Carré, the Barcelona Palau de la Música, the Sydney Opera House, New York’s Carnegie Hall and the Los Angeles Walt Disney Concert Hall where the set was designed for her the venues own starchitect, Frank Gehry.
In 2007 she was one of the leading stars in Spanish director Carlos Saura’s acclaimed movie Fados. Her latest album, ‘Mundo’ was released to great critical acclaim and has been nominated for a GRAMMY Award.
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