Mariza has been entertaining her fans for over fifteen years now. She has been able to establish an international fan base when it comes to fado singing. Her powerful vocals are known to recreate the genre that originated from Portugal. Her live performances are known to be attended by thousands. If you are amongst her fans, you should consider making your way to anyone of the upcoming concerts. Vancouver, Zurich, Montreal, Los Angeles, Rohnert Park and Berkeley, will be hosting the events. Purchase Mariza tickets now to reserve a place for yourself.
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Born in 1973, Marisa dos Reis Nunes; hails from Lourenco Marques, Portuguese Mozambique. Apart from being Portuguese, the singer is of partial African heritage. She grew up in Lisbon’s quarters of Alfama and Mouraria. From a very young age, Marisa became involved in gospel, jazz and soul singing. It was her father who influenced her to get involved in fado singing. He wanted young Marisa to enjoy traditional Portuguese music and help gain acceptance into the local community. She has worked with music labels such as EMI and World Connection. With seven studio releases, two live albums and a DVD release, the fado artist has been able to sell over one million records.
As an artist, Mariza was able to gain massive popularity in 1999 when she was invited to perform at a broadcast tribute show for the legendary, Amalia Rodrigues. This performance inspired the young singer to start working on her debut album. After three years, she was able to release "Fado em Mim" in 2002. It was released via World Connection and presented her listeners with two discs. The first disc presented thirteen tracks while the second disc provided eight tracks. With a total playtime of seventy nine minutes the album was well received by critics as Allmusic gave it four out of five stars and BBC awarded it with a "favorable" rating. Musicians who worked with her on the album include Custodio Castelo, Jorge Fernando and Antonio Neto on guitars, Marino Freitas and Ricardo Cruz on bass, Tiago Machado playing the piano, Dalu playing percussion and Davide Zaccaria handling the cello. "Fado em Mim" was able to sell a whopping amount of one hundred and forty thousand copies worldwide. One song from the album titled "Transparente" was dedicated by the singer to her grandmother. After the success of this record, Mariza was invited to sing the Portuguese national anthem at FIFA World Cup in 2002.
The singer’s sophomore release came forth in the following year. Titled "Fado Curvo", the album was also released via World Connection record label and consisted of twelve tracks. It too was able to gather positive reviews as BBC rated it as a "favorable" record. Eventually Mariza was mentioned as one the traditional divas of Fado movement. In the same year, BBC Radio 3 presented her with "Best European Artist in World Music". She made her television debut in the same year appearing on Later with Jools Holland. A year later, Mariza was invited to perform a duet with Sting at the Olympic Games, Athens 2004. For her performance she received a "European Border Breakers Award" for becoming one of the few artists to gather fame across boundaries. Over the years she has performed in New York, London, Lisbon, Frankfurt, Paris, Madrid, Toronto, Dublin, Sydney, Cairo and Macau.
All of her studio albums have made it to the Portugal Albums Chart, landing amongst the top four places. "Transparente" and "Terra" have topped the chart while "Fado Tradicional" and "Fado Curvo" have peaked at number two. These albums have also been able to make an appearance on charts across Finland, France, Belgium, Poland and Spain. If this wasn’t enough all of Mariza’s releases have been certified platinum by the AFP. To watch this talented fado singer perform live, all you need to do is grab Mariza tickets now.