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|4. Maria Lisboa|
|5. O Gente Da Minha Terra|
|6. Que Deus Me Perdoe|
|7. Ha Festa Na Mouraria|
|8. Terra D'agua|
|9. Oica La O Senhor Vinho|
|10. Por Ti!|
|12. Barco Negro|
|13. Bonus Track|
If the legendary singer Amália Rodrigues is the queen of fado, the national song genre of Portugal, this debut by Mariza announces her coronation as its crown princess of the 21st century. This twentysomething, Mozambique-born beauty of Portuguese, Spanish, German, African, and Indian descent rapidly rose from the Mouraria district of Lisbon to become fado's newest and brightest star. The 12 selections on this recording are arranged in chamber-style ensembles consisting of bass, piano, classical guitar, and its 12-stringed, Portuguese cousin, the Portuguese viola. Songs like "O Gente Da Minha Terra" and the traditional "Por Ti" ring with a haunting feeling of saudade well beyond Mariza's years. "Maria Lisboa," "Ha Fest Na Mouraria" (with cellist Davide Zaccaria), and "Barco Negro" are peppered with Iberian and African-flavored percussion. Mariza sings these songs of love, God, and country with a youthful vitality that proves that fado is alive and well. --Eugene Holley Jr.
I am so grateful to Knowledge Network for their feature on Mariza which was an introduction to this fabulous artist. Read morePublished on July 8 2011 by G. Kopy
I consider that Mariza has a very personal style to sing fado. She has a great voice and her songs display a wide range of vivid emotions. Read morePublished on June 10 2004 by Alejandro Mellado-Balderas
I just heard Mariza singing on TV a couple of days ago for the first time and she left me speechless. Read morePublished on April 1 2004 by Manny Hernandez
Sorry everyone, I do not see a connection to Amália other than singing Fado. It would be like comparing Acqua to Rickie Lee Jones just because they sung Pop music in times. Read morePublished on March 1 2004 by Joao
Close the eyes and listen to this disc. What would you say afterwards? I say it to you, it acts of Mariza. It is the new hope of Fado. Read morePublished on Dec 22 2003 by Ralph LOHIER
Fado (Fate) songs are are kind of Portuguese folk singing that blends folk with torch in a distinctive sound. Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2003 by Joanna Daneman
How can someone as ignorant as the reviewer who gave this cd one star say they want this music for his/her funeral, do you know what fado is in the first place? Read morePublished on Oct. 13 2003 by "ggzeta"
How can someone as ignorant as the reviewer who gave this cd one star say they want this music for his/her funeral, do you know what fado is in the first place? Read morePublished on Oct. 10 2003 by "ggzeta"
I happened to select this CD in late 2002 as a free premium for pledging money to a world music radio show; I wanted to add a Fado CD to my collection since I had heard bits of... Read morePublished on June 2 2003 by J Allegretti