Maria João

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This article is about the Portuguese singer. For the model, see Maria Joao (model). For Angolan politician, see João Maria de Sousa.
Maria João
Maria João.jpg
Photo by Tom Beetz.
Background information
Birth name Maria João Monteiro Grancha
Born (1956-06-27) 27 June 1956 (age 60)
Lisbon, Portugal
Genres Jazz, World Music, Avant-Garde Music, Electronica
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1983–present
Labels Universal Music
Associated acts Mário Laginha, Joe Zawinul, OGRE, David Linx, Aki Takase
Website Official Website

Maria João (born Maria João Monteiro Grancha June 27, 1956, Lisbon, Portugal) is a Portuguese jazz singer.[1]

She is known for her vocal flexibility and improvisational skills. While normally considered a jazz artist, her music incorporates a mix of folk/ethnic music, modern jazz, avant-garde, electronica, symphonic and other genres.

Although her main musical partner is Portuguese pianist Mário Laginha, she has worked with many musicians throughout her career, including Aki Takase, Manu Katche, Trilok Gurtu, Bobby McFerrin, Wolfgang Muthspiel, Joe Zawinul, Ralph Towner, Dino Saluzzi, Kai Eckhardt, Gilberto Gil and Lenine.

Currently, she maintains her long-time collaboration with Mário Laginha, as well as working with Belgian singer David Linx and OGRE, a Portuguese jazz and electronica project.



  • Pensa Nisto! (1996) - Fidjo Magoado
  • Etnocity/Underground Sound Of Lisbon (2000) - Saris e Capolanas (remix) (MJML)
  • Movimentos Perpétuos (2003)- Mãos Na Parede (MJML)



  1. ^ Hole, Abigail; Beech, Charlotte (2 March 2005). Portugal. Lonely Planet. p. 43. ISBN 978-1-74059-682-4. Retrieved 30 May 2010. 

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