MARIZA - FADO EM MIM
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|10. Por Ti!|
|12. Barco Negro|
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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.
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I don't understand the exact words she's saying, but her emotions and passion are loud and clear. "O Gente da Minha Terra" sounds very mournful and pleading, while not by any means melodramatic. The guitars and instrumentation on this album is masterful and adds to Mariza's beautiful voice many more layers of emotion. It sounds traditional (no "new-age" Yanni synthesizer crap) without being hokey. The bass (I assume it is a bass) in the beginning of "Por Ti!" sounds very American Jazzy. Whatever that means. What I'm trying to say is it doesn't sound too "old-World-y," like the only people who would listen to it are your mother or grandfather. Dude, it's really good. Don't deny yourself.
I have trouble describing the layers of emotion I hear in this song. It's just freaking beautiful.
"Oica La O Senhor Vinho"
The beat of this song is awesome. It totally makes me think of going to Rhode Island for a weekend family reunion - I know, you're like "family reunions suck, Rhode Island sucks-" but dude, I'm talking about Portuguese-American cuisine here! Hell yeah! This whole album makes me feel so good. It makes me want to learn Portuguese.Read more ›
This album is extraordinary for the consistantly high quality of every cut. To hear Mariza sing the old favorites (like Barco Negro, Ha Festa da Mouraria and Maria Lisboa) was like hearing them afresh and for the first time. Her rendition of O Gente da minha Terra brings me near to tears every time I hear it, and the alternate cut with piano accompaniment (its not listed) was a revelation of how Fado can be both old and new at the same time.
Mariza brings a modern and respectful sensibility to an old genre that was looked on as music only "Old" people --such as myself-- listen to. A voice like Mariza's attracts both young and old listeners, as well as some of the best musicians in Portugal. This is a must have album whether you are a fan of Fado or not. Mariza is one of the great voices of the 21st century.
If you are going to buy just one foreign language recording this year, make it this one. I absolutely guarantee that you will enjoy and appreciate it as much after the fiftieth plyaing as you did after the first. I certainly have.
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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
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
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
You need not speak or understand Portuguese, as I do not, to realize immediately that this woman's voice belongs to all humanity. Read morePublished on May 9 2003 by P. Microulis