Mariza began singing fado as a child. At the age of five, she would join in the spontaneous singing at her parent’s restaurant in Mouraria, one of Lisbon’s most traditional neighbourhoods. Mariza was born in Mozambique, but her family moved to Portugal when she was a baby, giving her plenty of time to get immersed directly in the Fado Houses where singing is part of everyday life.
Fado music is the heart of the Portuguese soul. It is a Portuguese folk song typically of doleful or fatalistic character and usually accompanied on the guitar. To Mariza, “Fado is an emotional kind of music full of passion, sorrow, jealousy, grief, and often satire.”
Mariza walks the fine line necessary to both genuinely carry the fado’s tradition and bring it freshness for today. Her performance style captures the raw emotion that characterizes the genre, but with her own personal twist. If you cannot understand Portuguese, there is no problem. The wayMariza sings fado communicates directly to the soul and the emotions, tugging at the heart with a performance that speaks of longing, love and nostalgia.
All of her albums – “Fado em Mim” (2001), “Fado Curvo” (2003), “Transparente” (2005) and “Concerto Em Lisboa” (2006), plus the DVD “Live In London” (2004) – were Platinum winners.
Her latest album “Terra”, release in 2008, is the beginning of a new cycle. Special guests in “Terra” features Dominic Miller, Concha Buika and Tito Paris.
With Amália Rodrigues gone, the Portuguese looked for a new voice to express fado. Mariza is considered the new “Queen of Fado.”
Here is an example of Mariza Fado. Barco Negro is one of the songs Mariza performed during her concert in the Union Chapel, London in 2003. Barco Negro is one of Amália Rodrigues famous fados.