Mariza’s self-titled album, produced by Javier Limón, released last May, was considered by British magazine Songlines as one of the top ten in 2018, the publication said.
About the album, writes the magazine that with the theme ‘Triguierinha’, which speaks of “a joyful love”, and with which opens the CD, Mariza “puts aside any prejudices that fado is always melancholic.”
The magazine highlights the “wonderful” theme “Who, Me Dera,” by the Angolan writer Matias Damásio, “Prayer”, the debut of Mariza as an author, and the interpretation, with Maria da Fé, of “Fado Fado” gives a very personal touch to the album. ”
Mariza began to sing fado, regularly, in the fado house of Maria da Fé and the poet José Luís Gordo, Senhor Vinho, in the Lisbon neighborhood of Madragoa.
The single ‘Quem Me Dera’ counts more than 12 million views on the YouTube platform, according to data from its promoter.
Songlines also refers to “the transparency and delicacy of production [of Spanish] Javier Limón,” which had already produced the album ‘Terra’ (2008).
Mariza is on a European tour to present this new CD, having performed in Germany, Spain, England, France, and Switzerland, ending next Saturday at the Multipurpose Pavilion in Guimarães, Minho, whose stock “is already exhausted”, according to the promoter Alley Music.
It is not the first time that a Mariza album receives this distinction. Already in 2015, “Mundo” was also included in the list of the ten best albums, of which also was part “Heritage”, by Lura.
With ‘Mariza’ they are the list of the ten best albums of 2018, ‘Maghreb United’ by AMMAR 808, ‘Joys Abound’ by Anandi Bhattacharya, ‘Remain in Light’ by Angélique Kidjo, ‘Soar’ by Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita, ‘Wolastoqiyik Lintuwakonawa’ by Jeremy Dutcher, ‘Melodic Circles: Urban Classical Music from Iran’ by Mehdi Rostami & Adib Rostami, ‘The Myth of the Pergola’ by Pascuala Ilabaca and his Fauna, Small Island Big Song, and ‘Yiddish Glory: Lost Songs of World War II’, which includes several artists.
Mariza was honored this year with the Luso-Spanish Prize for Art and Culture, awarded by the governments of Lisbon and Madrid.