Fado, the blues of Portugal, has a new queen –

Mariza. She is hailed for a voice that recalls legendary singer Amália Rodrigues, and a modern style all her own. Mariza makes traditional fado for modern ears, while staying close to the roots of the beloved style. She returns to Miami after her Carnegie Hall debut. Two years ago her Miami concert sold out. In a few short years, Mariza has established herself as the new face of fado, seducing audiences worldwide with her powerful singing and charismatic stage presence.

"...Diva material, full of clenched emotion and elaborate arabesques, set against the pristine, mandolin-like sound of the 12-stringed Portuguese guitar. It is proudly theatrical music, and Mariza's appearance was striking...her voice swelling to reach climaxes short of tears."
The New York Times

"Mariza has it all – charisma, a voice to die for and stunning looks...destined to become one of the world’s great divas"
The London Times

The poetic drama at the heart of fado, built around the Portuguese sense of "saudade" (something of a cross between yearning and nostalgia) and the beauty of the Portuguese guitar, is at the heart of Mariza's music. She was born in Mozambique but was raised in the historic heart of Lisbon.

Partners and support include: Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation, Audrey Love Charitable Foundation, Books & Books, Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Arts Council, Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, National Endowment for the Arts, Publix Super Markets Charities, Conrad Hotel and 88.9 FM Serious Jazz (WDNA).

October 12, 2005
8:00 pm

Gusman Theater
174 East Flagler Street
Miami, FL

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