Considered by many the most international Portuguese artist of all times. In a few years, Mariza went from an almost hidden local phenomenon, known only by a small circle of Portuguese admirers, to one of the most applauded stars in the world.
Recognized by the international press as one of the best voices of all time, Mariza has accumulated awards and distinctions all over the world as well as nominations for the most important world awards.
Touring constantly worldwide, Mariza is a regular presence in venues like The London Royal Albert Hall, The Sydney Opera House or the Los Angeles Hollywood Bowl, among many of the most important venues in the world.
"Besides Amália Rodrigues no other Portuguese artist has built an international career with such triumph, accumulating successes on the world's most prestigious stages, enthusiastic references of the most demanding musical critics and an endless series of international awards and distinctions. As always, her musical partners remain only the best: Jacques Morelenbaum and John Mauceri, José Mercé and Miguel Poveda, Gilberto Gil and Ivan Lins, Lenny Kravitz and Sting, Cesária Évora and Tito Paris, Rui Veloso and Carlos do Carmo. And her repertoire, while firmly anchored in classical and contemporary Fado, has expanded to include Cape Verdean mornas, Rhythm & Blues classics, and any other melodies that are dear to her.
Mariza far surpassed the point in which she could be only a mere exotic episode in the World Music scene, subject of being replaced by any new phenomenon that appeared in another geographic corner of the record industry market. She already proved to be a great international artist, of great originality and enormous talent, of whom much is expected in the future. The girl from Mozambique, raised in the popular Lisbon neighbourhood of Mouraria, took the roots of her musical culture and became a universal artist capable of opening to the world without losing the intense awareness of her Portuguese identity. And the Portuguese public is the first to recognize her triumph and to pay her with boundless love and gratitude." RUI VIEIRA NERY Institute of Ethnomusicology - Music and Dance Studies Centre.