Portuguese fado singer Mariza releases her new album “Mundo” this week and will showcase her new material on a tour through the US, Canada, and Europe. I had the pleasure of meeting her in Berlin last August and we talked about her new album and the brilliant work of her producer Javier Limón.
The new album is a more modern-sounding fado record in contrast to her last one in 2010, “Fado Tradicional”. Some of the songs on the new album are in Spanish which, she admitted, were not as easy to sing as you may guess. The Spanish language is a much harder, edgier language than the Portuguese.
The beautiful “Caprichosa” for example originated from a listening session in the middle of the night. Mariza was looking for a Tango that speaks about Portugal and had a Portuguese story to it. “Sem Ti”, another heartbreakingly beautiful moment on the record, was composed by Miguel Gameiro who wrote a song a few years ago for Mariza’s new-born son. And the sensual “Alma” is a song where she had difficulties at first to understand the melody. The result is another sweet and melancholic little ditty, staying true to the fado tradition, but giving it this one little extra edge. The guitar-driven music on “Mundo” and Mariza‘s dramatic performance all add to a very special set of songs here.
Mariza also recorded a classic fado on her new album; “Maldicao”, written by Alfredo Marceneiro and Armando Vieira Pinto, had been recorded by one of the most, if not the most, important interpreters of this genre, the queen of fado, Amália Rodrigues. Mariza easily picks up on this one and she’s walking in Amália’s footsteps.
Don’t miss Mariza on tour with her new album “Mundo”:
10/22 Winston-Salem, Wait Chapel
10/23 Chapel Hill, Memorial Hall
10/24 Washington DC, Lisner Auditorium
10/25 Newark, Prudential Hall
10/26 New York, Joe’s Pub
10/28 Montréal, Théatre Maisonneuve
10/29 Toronto, Massey Hall
11/08 Geneva, Théatre du Léman
11/09 Vienna, Konzerthaus
11/14 Luxemburg, Philharmonie
11/15 Cologne, Philharmonie
11/16 Berlin, Konzerthaus
11/17 Zurich, Kongresshaus
11/18 Munich, Philharmonie
11/19 Essen, Philharmonie