LONDON Southbank Centre / Royal Festival Hall
Mariza, the undisputed queen of fado, returns with a sensational new album just called Mariza. Born in Africa, brought up in Lisbon, she draws on an awareness of other musics from the blues to tango, while loving the fado tradition.
Born in Mozambique to a Portuguese father and Mozambican mother, she was brought up in Mouraria, one of the traditional fado neighbourhoods of Lisbon. While loving the pure tradition, Mariza has commissioned new fados and expanded the form in her collaborations with Spanish and Brazilian musicians.A charismatic performer on stage and an eloquent ambassador for this much-loved Portuguese style: if you’re going to see fado, see Mariza.
‘ Mariza’s voice has ripened into a more expressive and seductive instrument than ever – the effect is like crossing the purity of Joan Baez with the emotional heft of Edith Piaf. This is soul-bearing at its most thrilling. ’
‘ If fado is synonymous with melancholia, she reminds us how much joy and sensuality reside in the music as well ’
‘ Newcomers and long-term admirers alike won’t be disappointed ’
‘ Mariza is singing from the heart, as only she can ’