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Mariza in 2007
Mariza in 2007
Background information
Birth nameMarisa dos Reis Nunes
Born (1973-12-16) 16 December 1973 (age 48)
Lourenço Marques, Portuguese Mozambique
OriginLisbon, Portugal
Years active1997–present
LabelsWarner Music

Marisa dos Reis Nunes ComIH (born 16 December 1973), known professionally as Mariza (Portuguese pronunciation: [mɐˈɾizɐ]), is a Portuguese fado singer. [1][2]

Mariza was born in Lourenço Marques, Portuguese Mozambique, to a Portuguese father, José Brandão Nunes, and a Mozambican mother, Isabel Nunes. [3] When she was three years old, 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 million records worldwide.[4]

Music career[edit]

In 1999, fado's most famous and beloved interpreter, Amália Rodrigues died. In the public remembrance and mourning that followed, fado regained much of its previous popularity, and Mariza was asked to perform a broadcast tribute to Rodrigues' memory, which caused her friends to begin urging her to record an album of fado music. She did so, and in 2001 Fado em Mim was released. It sold an astounding 100,000 copies (4,000 copies of a fado disc would have been considered successful). After this the record company made the disc available worldwide, and sales eventually topped 140,000 copies.

One of Mariza's hit songs, Transparente is a tribute to her African grandmother.

Mariza sang the Portuguese national anthem at the 2002 FIFA World Cup of football, at the game which pitted the home team (South Korea) against Portugal.

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 Rodrigues. Her interpretations of fado standards brought her rapid international recognition, leading to her being the recipient, in March 2003, of BBC Radio 3's award for Best European Artist in World Music. Her British television debut was on Later with Jools Holland. For the Olympic Games of Athens 2004 she sang "A Thousand Years," as a duet with Sting. It was released on the official pop album of the Athens Olympics, Unity, on which fado is sung in English and Portuguese.

Mariza performing in Cambridge, England in 2004

In 2004 Mariza won an EBBA Award. Every year the European Border Breakers Awards (EBBA) recognize the success of ten emerging artists or groups who reached audiences outside their own countries with their first internationally released album in the past year.

Mariza's third album, Transparente, was recorded in Brazil and released in 2005. She performed at Live 8; she sang at the Eden Project in Cornwall, after which she has been invited to concerts and events worldwide to promote Portuguese culture, from Australia to Finland, the United States and Argentina. That album eventually reached Top Ten in countries which include The Netherlands, Spain and Finland. Mariza, who lives in the upmarket Alcântara dockside area of Lisbon, has received many awards from countries such as Denmark, Australia, Canada, Germany, UK, Guinea-Bissau and Equatorial Guinea.[citation needed]

She has performed in venues such as New York's Carnegie Hall and Central Park, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Barbican, Hollywood Bowl, London's Royal Albert Hall, Union Chapel, Royal Festival Hall, Lisbon's Centro Cultural de Belém, Frankfurt's Alte Oper, Paris' Théâtre de la Ville, Madrid's Teatro Albéniz, Barcelona's Teatro Grec, X Cairo International Song Festival 2004, Centro Cultural de Macau, Moscow International House of Music, Toronto's Massey Hall, Sydney Opera House and the National Concert Hall in Dublin in February 2010.

Roberta Sá and Mariza

Her album released in 2007 Concerto em Lisboa received a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album. The following year, she again released an album, Terra which also was nominated for Best Folk Album at the Latin Grammy Awards. This album continued to mix a variety of genres, containing basic fado influenced by jazz, flamenco, Latin and African sounds.

In 2010, Mariza was featured in the pilot episode of the PBS music series, Sound Tracks: Music Without Borders, singing the "global hit" -- "Minh' Alma." In 2010, Mariza released the album Fado Tradicional, returning to the roots of Fado, but also interpreting the music in Mariza's unique style.

Beginning on 28 February 2011 the airline TAP Portugal began airing its "TAP With Arms Wide Open" (TAP de Braços Abertos) campaign, featuring its new slogan. Three singers, Mariza, the Brazilian singer Roberta de Sá, and the Angolan singer Paulo Flores starred in a music video with the song "Arms Wide Open."[5]

Mariza performed alongside Ana Moura as the opening act of the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 held in Lisbon, Portugal, singing Barco Negro.

Personal life[edit]

Mariza was married to António Ferreira,[6] father of the singer's first and only child, Martim, born on 6 July 2011 two months ahead of schedule, to whom attention deficit hyperactivity disorder was later diagnosed.[7] Mariza said that her Catholic faith strengthened as a result of a promise that she made to Our Lady of Fátima, after the birth of her son.[8]


Mariza at the Zelt-Musik-Festival 2015 Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany

Studio albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications

2002 Fado em Mim 4 40 59
2003 Fado Curvo 2 116 45 38 6
  • AFP: 6× Platinum[12]
2005 Transparente 1 8 126 13 59 44 7
2008 Terra 1 4 175 55 64 43 5
  • AFP: 4× Platinum[12]
2010 Fado Tradicional 2 6 98 24
2015 Mundo 1 78 69 13
  • AFP: 2× Platinum[14]
2018 Mariza 1 165
2020 Canta Amalia 1

Live albums[edit]

Year Title Chart positions Certifications

2006 Concerto em Lisboa
  • Released: November 6, 2006
1 5 10
  • AFP: 5× Platinum[16]
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.


Year Title Chart Positions Album
2006 "Transparente" 34 198 Transparente
"Feira De Castro" 2 145
2008 "Fado Do Encontro" 28 - Terra
"Rosa Branca" 17 -
"Minh' Alma" 18 -
2011 "Chuva" 18 - Fado Tradicional
2014 "O Tempo não pára" 7 160 Best of Mariza
2015 "Melhor de Mim" 2 192 Mundo
2018 "Quem me dera" 44 - Mariza
2020 "A Nossa Voz" 42 - A Nossa Voz

Featured songs[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions Album
2017 "Livre" (Mastiksoul) 30 - Livre

Year-end chart[edit]

Year Title Chart Positions
2008 "Rosa Branca" 96
"Minh' Alma" 97

Video albums[edit]

Year Title Charts Certifications
2004 Live in London
  • Released: January 30, 2004
2006 Concerto em Lisboa
  • Released: November 6, 2006
  • AFP: 5× Platinum[20]
2008 Terra – Os Videos
  • Released: December 19, 2008
  • AFP: 3× Platinum[21]
2009 Terra em Concerto
  • Released: February 26, 2009
"—" denotes items which were not released in that country or failed to chart.


  1. ^ John McKie, "The interview: John McKie: Mariza", The Times, March 2, 2003, retrieved 11-11-2009
  2. ^ Clive Davis, "Mariza, fado star", The Times, 14 September 2008, retrieved 11-11-2009
  3. ^ The Tennessean, Arts & Entertainment, 8 March 2009, p. 14
  4. ^ Diario de Noticias: Até hoje Mariza já vendeu um milhão de discos 21 June 2008, retrieved 29 October 2010
  5. ^ Nery, Sérgio. "TAP lança nova campanha institucional na BTL 2011[permanent dead link]." Jornal de Turismo. Friday 25 February 2011. Retrieved on 24 January 2012. "Para ilustrar esta proximidade e complementaridade entre povos, a portuguesa Mariza, o angolano Paulo Flores e a cantora brasileira Roberta de Sá juntaram para dar voz a uma música contagiante. No video, os cantores profissionais foram acompanhados por um coral, constituído por trabalhadores da TAP."
  6. ^ Conheça as razões do divórcio de Mariza (Correio da Manhã)
  7. ^ Mariza revela que o filho “tem um défice de atenção acima do normal” (SIC Mulher)
  8. ^ «Fátima ensinou-me a amar», declara fadista Mariza, Secretariado Nacional da Pastoral da Cultura, 18 May 2016 (Portuguese)
  9. ^ a b "Mariza Album Search –". Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  10. ^ a b "Mariza – Billboard World Albums". Retrieved 30 December 2020.
  11. ^ Top 30 Artistas – Semana 33 de 2010 at the Wayback Machine (archived 19 November 2010)
  12. ^ a b c d Discos de Ouro e Platina – Galardões 2010 at the Wayback Machine (archived 15 May 2011)
  13. ^ Mariza recebe disco de ouro na Holanda – Cultura – RTP Notícias at the Wayback Machine (archived 22 October 2017)
  14. ^ Top 50 Álbuns – Semana 01 de 2018 – De 29 de Dezembro de 2017 a 04 de Janeiro de 2018 at the Wayback Machine (archived 30 December 2020)
  15. ^ Top 50 Álbuns – Semana 05 de 2020 – De 24 de Janeiro a 30 de Janeiro de 2020 at the Wayback Machine (archived 10 March 2020)
  16. ^ Top 50 Álbuns – Semana 12 de 2018 – De 16 de Março a 22 de Março de 2018 at the Wayback Machine (archived 29 December 2020)
  17. ^ Top 30 DVD′s Musicais – Semana 27 de 2004 at the Wayback Machine (archived 20 November 2010)
  18. ^ Top 30 DVD′s Musicais – Semana 5 de 2005 at the Wayback Machine (archived 20 November 2010)
  19. ^ Top 30 DVD′s Musicais – Semana 42 de 2007 at the Wayback Machine (archived 20 November 2010)
  20. ^ Top 10 DVD – Semana 18 de 2018 – De 27 de Abril a 03 de Maio de 2018 at the Wayback Machine (archived 31 December 2020)
  21. ^ a b Top 30 DVD′s Musicais – Semana 49 de 2009 at the Wayback Machine (archived 20 November 2010)
  22. ^ Top 30 DVD′s Musicais – Semana 51 de 2009 at the Wayback Machine (archived 20 November 2010)
  23. ^ Top 200 DVD – Semanas 01 a 52 de 2019 – De 28/12/2018 a 26/12/2019 at the Wayback Machine (archived 31 December 2020)

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