Sunday 5/5/2019 7:00 PM
Portuguese diva Mariza performs this weekend at the Wortham Center. Mariza has sold millions of records worldwide.
The international singer performs a native musical style of fado, but uses a wide variety of musical styles, including gospel, soul and jazz. Her father strongly encouraged her to adopt fado; he felt that participating in the traditional music would grant her greater acceptance in the Portuguese community. Fado is a music genre that can be traced to the 1820s in Lisbon, Portugal, but probably has much earlier origins. The word "fado" possibly comes from the Latin word fatum ("fate", "death" or "utterance").
No Portuguese artist since Amália Rodrigues has experienced such a triumphant international career, accumulating success after success on the most
prestigious world stages . . .
The word is linked to the music genre itself, although both meanings are approximately the same in the two languages. Nevertheless, many songs play on the double meaning, such as the Amália Rodrigues song "Com que voz", which includes the lyric "Com que voz chorarei meu triste fado" ("With what voice should I lament my sad fate/sing my sad fado?")
By the time Mariza's second album, Fado Curvo, was released in 2003, she was considered a member of the New Fado movement, with a voice reminiscent of traditional divas of the musical form such as Amalia Rodrigues. Her interpretations of fado standards brought her rapid international recognition, leading to her being the recipient, in March of 2003, to BBC Radio 3's award for Best European Artist in World Music.
In the past twelve years, Mariza has long passed the stage of a mere exotic episode in the World Music scene, ready to be replaced by whatever new colourful phenomenon appears in another geographic corner of the recording industry’s market. She proved to be a major international artist, strongly original and immensely gifted, from whom much is yet to be expected in the future. The young girl from Mozambique, raised in the popular Lisbon neighbourhood of Mouraria, has mastered the roots of her musical culture and developed into an universal artist who is able to open herself to the world without ever losing her heartfelt sense of Portuguese identity. And Portuguese audiences are the first to acknowledge this triumph and pay her back with unlimited love and gratitude.
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 demanding music critics worldwide and countless international awards and distinctions.
This weekend at Wortham its Mariza in concert.
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