Born on December 16, 1973 in Portuguese East Africa, as Marisa dos Reis Nunes, the artist now known as Mariza was born into music. She embraced gospel, soul, jazz, and many other genres of music before she fell in love with fado. She has not been on the music scene for long, but she has definitely made quite the impact.
In 2001, Mariza released her first studio album, Fado em Mim , and the world went wild for Mariza. The album sold well over thirty thousand copies, and Mariza and her recording company were well on their wait to critically acclaimed success. In 2003, Mariza came out with her follow up album, Fado Curvo , and it was a hit from the second it hit the streets. People were raving about Mariza being a pioneer of the New Fado movement.
Mariza has come out with a total of six studio album releases since she has hit the music scene, and each one steals the hearts of adoring fans everywhere. Fado Em Mim hit four times Platinum and Fado Curve hit four times Platinum as well. Her release of Transparente in 2005 hit two times Platinum and sold well over 40,000 in Portugal alone. In 2007, the release of Concerto em Lisba hit three times Platinum and sold over 60,000 worldwide. Mariza's latest studio album release on May 30 th, 2008, Terra , has since gone Platinum and sold over 20,000 copies worldwide, hitting number one on the Portuguese Charts.
As well as her long list of studio album releases that hit the top of charts everywhere, Mariza has got a steady number of singles that are played all over the globe. "Feira De Castro" from Transparente in number two on the Portuguese Charts, as well as "Fado Do Encontro", "Rosa Branca", and "Minh' Almo" all three of which reaching chart topping success this 2008 off of Mariza's latest Terra release.
Mariza will be kicking off her upcoming live 2009 concert tour at the University At Buffalo Center for the Arts in Buffalo, New York on February 25 th, followed by a performance at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts in Greenvale, New York on the 27 th . On February 28 th , Mariza will wow audience members at Town Hall New York in New York, followed by a performance at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles on March 18 th .
On April 18 th , Mariza will head on over to the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts in Vancouver, BC and follow that up with a performance at the Arlene Schnitzer Hall in the beautiful Portland, Oregon on April 18 th . Mariza will then head over to the Balboa Theatre in San Diego on the 28 th and end things with a bang at the Turlock Community Auditorium in Turlock, California on May 1 st . Stay in the know for ticket information as it becomes available for your seats to see this legendary new fado pioneer live and in concert.