In the last 20 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 on the global music circuit. Fado em Mim was an exciting first album, showing a young singer with a rich, vibrant voice and a strong artistic personality. At that point she was still performing hits from the Amália Rodrigues repertoire, but her approach to the heritage of that fado legend was already so personal that she could easily cast away any suggestion of mere imitation. In any case, Ó Gente da minha Terra, by the young composer Tiago Machado, soon became a major hit in its own right.
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 from the most exacting music critics worldwide, and countless international awards and distinctions. As usual, she seeks out only the best to work with: Jacques Morelenbaum and John Mauceri, José Merced and Miguel Poveda, Gilberto Gil and Ivan Lins, Lenny Kravitz and Sting, Cesária Évora and Tito Paris, Carlos do Carmo and Rui Veloso. And her repertoire, while firmly rooted in classical and contemporary fado, has grown to include occasional Cape Verdean mornas and Spanish classics, as well as any other themes she holds dear to her heart.
Mariza and Rodrigues have a lot in common, beyond their origin. With her residencies at legendary venues such as the Paris Olympia and Carnegie Hall, Mariza has been sweeping global audiences off their feet in the first two decades of this century, just as Rodrigues had done in the 1950s and 1960s. Through her critically acclaimed recordings and unexpected collaborations, Mariza has expanded what fado can be, just like Rodrigues had did in the 1960s and 1970s. And she has become the most celebrated ambassador of Portuguese music in the 21st century, just as Rodrigues had been in the 20th.
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