Born 16 December 1973.


Mariza, , born Marisa dos Reis Nunes (16 December 1973, Lourenço Marques, Portuguese Mozambique), is a popular fado singer.

Mariza was born to a Portuguese father and a mother of partial African heritage. At age three, her family moved to Metropolitan Portugal, and she was raised in Lisbon's historic quarters of Mouraria and Alfama. While very young she began singing in 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. Mariza has sold over 1,000,000 records worldwide.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Terra

    Terra 2008

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    There’s not quite enough that really hangs in the memory or has that special spark...
  2. Review of Concerto Em Lisboa

    Concerto Em Lisboa 2006

    Reviewed by Martin Longley
    ...The power and naturalness of her onstage bearing tends to save her from any...
  3. Review of Transparente

    Transparente 2005

    Reviewed by Jon Lusk
    Mariza is singing with a new maturity and restraint which only seems to underline the...
  4. Review of Fado Curvo

    Fado Curvo 2003

    Reviewed by Nick Reynolds
    Mariza is a true diva: her power comes from her extraordinary voice and her complete...
  5. Review of Fado em mim

    Fado em mim

    Reviewed by Nick Reynolds
    Debut album from new Portugese fado singer. Powerful, dramatic, lyrical and highly...
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