With her spellbinding voice, Mariza is one of today's leading interpreters of fado, also called the “blues of Portugal.” Born in Mozambique and raised in Lisbon, Mariza began singing these melancholy story-songs before she could read. Among the locals, she learned old and new songs in the genre she describes as “emotional…full of passion, sorrow, jealousy, grief and often satire.” Since her first recording in 2001, Mariza has built an international following, with her most recent album released in over 35 countries throughout Europe, Latin America and North America. Accompanied by her guitar trio, Mariza embodies the fado tradition while also adapting it for the contemporary world.
Tickets are $35. The performance is on Tuesday, March 3rd at 7 p.m. in the Hopkins Center for the Arts, 2 E. Wheelock St. Visit http://hop.dartmouth.edu for tickets and more information.
This article appears in the February 2009 issue of New Hampshire Magazine