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Mozambique-born fado singer Mariza is in February in Spain to start a world tour to mark 20 years of performing, even as she records a new album dedicated to Amália Rodrigues, it was announced on Thursday.
The tour is to begin on 3 February in Seville and for now has 20 concerts scheduled this year, taking in Romania, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, the US, Netherlands and France.
Mariza will be touring at a time when she is to record a new album in Lisbon and Rio de Janeiro, to be produced by Brazilian cellist and composer Jaques Morelenbaum.
The new release is to be entirely composed of songs in the repertoire of Rodrigues, the late great fado diva, to coincide with the centenary of her birth.
Mariza has worked before with Morelenbaum, who produced her album ‘Transparente’ , which went triple platinum in Portugal, and also accompanied her in several shows.
Since her first album, ‘Fado em mim’ (2001), in which she sang “Ó Gente da Minha Terra”, a poem by Rodrigues, Mariza has recorded several other of her compositions, such as “Maria Lisboa”, “Primavera” and “Oiça lá ó Senhor Vinho”.
The new album, which follows the 2018 ‘Mariza’, is to be released later this year, the singer’s agent said.
Mariza, 46, is one of the most international and award-winning voices of fado, Portugal’s archetypal form of song. She was recently awarded the title ‘Master of Mediterranean Music’ by the Berklee College of Music of Boston, in the US.
She has also received the BBC Radio 3 Award in the category of Best European Artist in World Music, the German critics’ award, Deutscheschalplatten Kritik (in 2003), as well as the European Border Breakers Award (2004), the International Amália Prize (2005) and the Vermeil Medal of France’s Society of Arts, Sciences and Letters (2008).
Mariza was born in what was then Lourenço Marques (now Maputo), Mozambique to a Mozambican mother and Portuguese father. The family emigrated to Lisbon when Mariza was three.
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