The singer Mariza, who this week was honoured with the Luso-Spanish Prize for Art and Culture, recorded with songwriter and Spanish composer Vanesa Martín the song “Ask Me”, which is edited online on Friday.
“Vanesa Martín, one of the biggest female singers in Spain, has invited Mariza to accompany her in a duet,” according to a press release from Warner Music.
The label that foresees “a great success in the career of both artists”, qualifies the duet “Ask Me” as “a true meeting of giants”.
The song will be available on all digital platforms from Friday, as well as the video on YouTube, and will be part of Vanessa Martín’s upcoming album, “All Women Who Live In Me”.
This is not the first time that Marisa has performed a duet with Spanish artists, having already recorded and performed, among others, with José Mercé, “Hay una Musica del Pueblo”, with Miguel Poveda, “My Fado, Meu Fado”, and with Concha Buika, “Little Truths”.
“Todos las Mujeres Que Habitan en Mi”, or sixth career of Vanessa Martín, is released on the 16th and includes the duet with Marisa.
The new album of Vanessa Martín succeeds “Munay” (2016), which was double Platinum in Spain, and a long tour of the singer and songwriter in Spain and Latin America, with a passage through Lisbon, in a total of 70 more concerts, and which led to the release of a DVD, released last year.
The Spaniard has other duets in her career, namely “Why We Want to See Us”, with the Angolan artist Matias Damásio, who is part of the album “Munay Vivo” (2018)
The jury of the Luso-Spanish Prize, in a statement, highlighted the work Mariza “in favour of fostering relations between Portugal and Spain is visible in his participation in the film ‘Fados’, by Spanish director Carlos Saura, in numerous concerts that, since 2008, he gives in several places in Spain, as well as in the duos that he interprets with recognized singers like Miguel Poveda, Tito Paris, Concha Buika or Sergio Dalma, a successful fusion of rhythms that contribute to break down borders and approach public.
Mariza was born in 1973, then Lourenço Marques, now Maputo, and made her debut in 2001, with “Fado em Mim”, produced by Jorge Fernando, in which she recorded “Ó Gente da Minha Terra” by Amália Rodrigues and Tiago Machado , among others previously unreleased, and rescued from the fado repertoire “Loucura”, “Maria Lisboa” and “Festa na Mouraria”.
His most recent album, “Mariza”, produced by Javier Limón, was released last May, and features compositions by Jorge Fernando, Mário Pacheco, Matias Damásio and Carolina Deslandes, among others, and is nominated for the Latin Grammy Awards, in the category of “Best Portuguese Language Roots Album”, which will be delivered on the 18th.
Last year, in November, Mariza was named Master of Mediterranean Music by Berklee University in Boston, United States.
Currently, Mariza is making a European tour, which began in September in Poland.