Diva of Fado' Mariza, who has 3 Grammy nominations and was awarded the "Best Artist in Europe" award by the BBC 3 times in a row, is a Mozambican singer who grew up in the town of Mouraria in Lisbon. Mariza, who gives a musical journey to her listeners all over the world, continues to keep alive the memories and traditions of Fado singers and the places where she first learned Fado.
Passionate, elegant, sensual and steamy... These 4 words are enough to describe Mariza and her music, who added a contemporary interpretation to the Fado tradition, which was included in UNESCO's 'Cultural Heritage' list. She explains why she chose Fado with these sentences: “Fado is not just a music, it is a feeling. It's not sad, it's melancholic. I didn't choose this music, it was my destiny."
Having received the title of the artist representing the country's culture abroad in the best way by Portugal, Mariza was declared the "Voice of Fado" in 1999 by the foundation named after the legendary Fado singer Amalia Rodrigues.
After her first album, Fado Em Mim (Fado in Me), which was released in 2001, reached platinum sales 4 times in Portugal, the artist started to attract attention on the international platform, and won the first place in the category of "Best Performance" at the Quebec Summer Festival in 2002. In the same year, she gave sold-out concerts in New York's Central Park, Womad Festival, London's South Bank and Lisbon. In 2003, he managed to become the new Fado star of the new generation with the "Best Artist" award at the BBC Europe World Music Awards.
In 2004, she sang “A Thousand Years” with Sting in the official album recorded for the Olympic Games, which was the most important event in the world that year. She was also awarded by MIDEM that year.
The first Portuguese artist to be nominated for Grammy Awards, Mariza's album "Terra" also won the Latin Grammy Awards for Best Folk Music and Best Producer.
In 2007, she shared the nomination in the "Best International Artist" category at the "Emma Gala Awards” in Finland with names such as Robbie Williams, Andrea Bocelli, Basshunter, Iron Maiden and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Mariza has met with her fans in prestigious concert halls around the world on four continents. She performed Fado with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra at Walt Disney Concert Hall, Carnegie Hall in New York, and at the famous Opera House in Sydney. Mariza, who was the guest of honor at the Cairo International Song Festival, sang her songs to 22 thousand people at Monsanto Park in Lisbon.
Bringing the Portuguese tradition Fado songs to the whole world and continuing to be the number one representative of Fado with more than 1 million album sales all over the world, Mariza introduced her self-titled album to the audience in 2018. In the same year, she released the duet Pídeme with Vanesa Martin and the singles Quem Me Dara, Trigueirinha.
Celebrating the centennial of the birth of the late Queen of Fado Amália Rodrigues, as well as the twentieth anniversary of her career, Mariz released her album “Mariza Sings Amália” recorded in Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro on January 29, 2021.