- Chan Centre Presents
Presented by the Chan Centre and Global Arts Concerts
“Mariza is remaking fado’s ancient sadness into a majestic modern sound.” –Rolling Stone Magazine
Known for her soulful voice and the transparency of her lyrics, fado-star Mariza has captivated audiences world-wide. She treats the stage like her “living-room where she entertains her friends”, and the audience truly feels this intimacy come across in her performances.
Mariza, originally from Mozambique, is a singer whose soul was forged in the old Mouraria district of Lisbon. It was there that she first heard fado singers, lots of them – so many that their names and faces have merged into the mist of memory – but these “reminiscences live on in [her] singing”. And in the tributes to Fernando Mauricio, Carlos do Carmo and Amalia Rodrigues in her album Transparente.
In a film featuring Mariza and exploring the art of fado, director Simon Broughton described fado this way. “Fado is an urban Portuguese music. It’s not folk music, it’s a sort of blues. It grew up in Lisbon, and was a product of the Portuguese empire and its associations with Brazil and with Africa. I always say that music can be a window on the world, and you really can look at the history of Portugal through fado.”
For more info on Mariza visit www.mariza.com