|Birth name||Rita Maria de Azevedo Mafra Guerra|
|Born||22 October 1967|
|Genres||Pop, R&B, Pop rock|
Born and raised in Lisbon, she has been very successful in her home country of Portugal. She has long competed in the Portuguese national pre-selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. She first participated in 1992, making it to the national finals. With the song "Meu amor inventado em mim," she reached second place. She finally sang in the Eurovision Song Contest 2003, in Riga, Latvia, where she finished 22nd with 13 points. For Rita it was very difficult to sing this night because at the day before the contest her brother died with cancer.
Since 1989, Rita is a regular feature on the shows of Casino do Estoril. She set foot for the first time on the casino’s stage side by side with Adamo, a well known Belgian singer. “Pormenores sem a mínima importância” was her debut album, featuring Rui Veloso, a famous rock singer and composer, and the group Taxi. “Independence Day” was her second album, a CD released in 1995 sang only in English. Approaching ethnic music in the album “Da Gama”, Rita Guerra got the help of maestro Pedro Osório and Paulo de Carvalho, Portuguese representative at ESC 1974. In 2000, Rita and Beto, one of the backing singers in Riga, released an album called “Desencontros”.
The stage has been Rita’s second home for many years. “Canções do Século” was on the road from 1993 to 1998. Alongside Helena Vieira and Lena D’Água. 1999 saw Rita Guerra, Helena Viera and Beto perform on the show «POPera», where some of the most famous opera arias were arranged and performed with a modern and contemporary touch. At the moment, Rita performs daily at Casino do Estoril in its latest production “Fruta Cores”.
Rita has also regularly worked in the Portuguese soundtrack of animated films such as “Hercules”, “The Lion King”, “Prince of Egypt”, “The Little Mermaid” and others. In 2003, Rita Guerra was invited by RTP to represent Portugal at the Eurovision Songcontest in Riga. Three songs were in contest, and the winner was “Deixa-me sonhar (só mais uma vez) ”. Rita also participated in 1992, on the Portuguese national selection, with the song “Meu amor inventado em mim”, where she came 2nd. In the meantime, Rita got married to the lyricist and composer of the song, Paulo Martins. He was also responsible for the production of her latest album called Rita, released on 20 June 2005.
|Pormenores sem a minima importância (Details without the minimum importance)
|Canções do Século (Songs of the century)
|Rita (Special Edition)|
- Simon Barclay (2010). Eurovision Song Contest - The Complete & Independent Guide 2010. Simon Barclay. p. 116. ISBN 978-1-4457-8415-1. Retrieved 20 January 2011.
|Awards and achievements|
with "Só sei ser feliz assim"
|Portugal in the Eurovision Song Contest
with "Foi magia"