Released in 2001, Mariza's first album, Fado em Mim, was an instant success in Portugal, selling more than 30,000 copies, which led to her recording company launching the disc internationally to take advantage of the good reception that Portuguese music was enjoying at the time in Europe and in other countries, such as Mexico and Japan.
When Mariza's second album, Fado Curvo, was released in 2003, she was already considered as a member of the New Fado movement, her voice harking back to the divas of the musical form, like Amália Rodrigues. Her interpretations of fado standards brought her great international recognition in a small amount of time, 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.
Her third album, Transparente, was recorded in Brazil and released in 2005. Mariza was also one of the artists who performed at Live 8; she sang at the Eden Project in Cornwall, and ever since, Mariza has been invited to a large number of concerts and events to promote Portuguese culture around the whole world, from Australia to Finland, the United States and Argentina. That album eventually reached top ten in countries like Holland, Spain and Finland.
She had performed in many places like New York's Carnegie Hall, 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 Albeniz, Barcelona's Teatro Grec, X Cairo International Song Festival 2004, Centro Cultural de Macau, Moscow International House of Music, Toronto's Massey Hall and Sydney Opera House.
Mariza has received many awards from countries such as Denmark, Australia, Canada, Germany, UK, USA and many others.
Her album Concerto em Lisboa received in 2007 a Latin Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album. In 2008 she released the album "Terra". In this album Fado receives influences from Jazz, Flamenco, Latin and African sounds.
|Year||Title||Chart positions||AFP |
|2002||Fado Em Mim||40||7||-||75||-|| |
|2003||Fado Curvo||-||2||116||45||38|| |
|2007||Concerto em Lisboa||5||1||-||-||-|| |
|2006||Feira De Castro||-||2||-||-||-||Transparente|
|2008||Fado Do Encontro||-||28||-||-||-||Terra|