Maria Rita

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Maria Rita
Maria Rita @ Virada Cultural 2009 07.jpg
Maria Rita performing at Virada Cultural in 2009.
Background information
Birth name Maria Rita Camargo Mariano
Born (1977-09-09) 9 September 1977 (age 39)
São Paulo, Brazil
Origin São Paulo, Brazil
Genres MPB, jazz, samba
Instruments Voice
Years active 2001–present
Labels Warner Latina
Wea International
Universal Music
Website Official website

Maria Rita (Portuguese pronunciation: [maˈɾiɐ ˈʁitɐ]; born 9 September 1977, São Paulo) is a Brazilian singer. Born Maria Rita Camargo Mariano, she is the daughter of famed pianist/arranger César Camargo Mariano and the late Brazilian singing legend Elis Regina and sister to Pedro Mariano and music producer João Marcelo Bôscoli. Her namesake is family friend and famed Brazilian rock legend Rita Lee. She studied at New York University, and worked as a journalist at a magazine for adolescents.


Maria Rita began singing professionally at the age of 24, although she had wanted to sing since she was 14. Her first CD, Maria Rita, launched her career symbolically, with the first cut on her first album, A Festa (The Party), being written by Milton Nascimento, the legendary Brazilian singer-songwriter whose career was launched by Maria Rita's mother, Elis Regina, when she began to sing his songs to the national Brazilian audience. The CD went platinum and was a hit worldwide, making her an international star. She developed her own jazzy vocal style, with singers like Ella Fitzgerald as her model. For her 2013 album Redescobrir she was finally persuaded to perform and record songs her mother had sung.

She won the 2004 Latin Grammy Awards for Best New Artist in the General Field, Best Song in Portuguese (“A festa”) and her debut album Maria Rita won the Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album award for that year. The world hit that “Segundo” turned out to be, granted her in 2006, two additional Grammys Latinos – Best MPB Album and Best Brazilian Song with “Caminho das Águas” authored by Rodrigo Maranhão – and over 50 shows abroad, with full public and reviews acceptance in the Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Irving Plaza (NY), San Francisco Jazz Festival, among others.

Maria Rita was nominated for the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music in 2008. On 28 June 2008, she performed in London for the first time, with a production by Tuba Productions and JungleDrums Magazine.


  • 2003 - Maria Rita (Warner Latina), with follow-on "Maria Rita" DVD, recorded live in São Paulo at Bourbon Street
  • 2005 - Segundo (Warner Latina), with follow-on "Segundo" DVD, recorded live in 3 venues.
  • 2007 - Samba Meu (Wea International), with follow-on "Maria Rita: Samba Meu" DVD, recorded live in Rio de Janeiro.
  • 2011 - Elo (Maria Rita album) (Wea International)
  • 2012 - Redescobrir (Universal Music International), with follow-on "Maria Rita: Redescobrir" DVD, recorded live in São Paulo.
  • 2014 - Coração a Batucar (Universal Music International)
  • 2016 - O Samba em Mim - Ao Vivo na Lapa (Universal Music International)

She appeared with Milton Nascimento on his CD "Pieta" singing a duet on "Tristesse", which also won a Latin Grammy in 2003. She recently appeared with Uruguayan 2004 Grammy Award Winner Jorge Drexler on his CD "12 Segundos de Oscuridad" singing a duet on "Soledad". She is a big fan of and has appeared live in cameo with the Brazilian rap/hip-hop group O Rappa.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Latin Grammy

2004 Result
Album of the Year - Maria Rita Nominated
Record of the Year - A Festa Nominated
Best New Artist Won
Best MPB Album - Maria Rita Won
Best Brazilian Song - A Festa (Award Went to Milton Nascimento) Won
2006 Result
Best MPB Album - Segundo Won
Best Brazilian Song - Caminho das Águas (Award Went to Rodrigo Maranhão) Won
2008 Result
Best Samba/Pagode Album - Samba Meu Won
2011 Result
Record of the Year - Latinoamérica (as a feature artist) Won
2012 Result
Best MPB Album - Elo Nominated
2013 Result
Best MPB Album - Redescobrir Ao Vivo Won
2014 Result
Best Samba/Pagode Album - Coração a Batucar[1] Won

Prêmio Multishow de Música Brasileira

2003 Result
Best New Artist (Solo) Nominated
2004 Result
Best Album - Maria Rita Nominated
Best Female Singer Won
Best Song - A Festa (by Milton Nascimento) Nominated
Best DVD - Maria Rita Nominated
Best Show Nominated
2008 Result
Best Album - Samba Meu Won
Best Female Singer Nominated
Best Song - Tá Perdoado Nominated

1Tied with Paulinho da Viola for MTV Unplugged.


  1. ^ Wang, Andrea; Brown, Tracy (24 September 2014). "Latin Grammys 2014: Complete list of nominees". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved 29 September 2014. 

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