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The Fadista presented her new album “Mariza canta Amália” at Campo Pequeno, a tribute to the great Fado Diva, Amália Rodrigues.
Campo Pequeno was small for everyone who went there to listen to Mariza, the fado singer, the ambassador of Fado.
Mariza performed at Campo Pequeno with an orchestra and Filipe Ferreira on the viola, Luís Guerreiro on the Portuguese guitar, João Frade on the accordion, Adriano Alves on bass and João Freitas on percussion.
With the sound of “Estranha Forma de Vida” and “Com que Voz” an excellent night of fado, full of emotions, began, and the night continues with Mariza telling the audience that “singing in my city is so good, it is a great pleasure to do this concert and receive you, we started with this wonderful orchestra, bringing themes from the last album, which is a tribute to the great voice of fado, of all times, the great Amália Rodrigues. I confess that I’m nervous, very nervous, singing in my city always makes me nervous, and that’s why we’re going to liven up the party with another theme by Amália, Cravos de Papel’”.
And the fado singer continues, “I’m also celebrating my 20 years of artistic career, when I recorded the album in Brazil, with producer Jaques Morelenbaum, there were themes that I was more of a fan than others, the next one I’m going to sing considers it your favourite theme, for you (public), ‘Lágrima‘”.
But Mariza did not forget another great name of Fado and it is with the theme “Gaivota” that Carlos do Carmo remembers. She also doesn’t forget her origins, Mozambique, and so to the sound of the morna we hear “Beijo de Saudade”.
The artist revealed that her parents are her biggest critics, “my mother is more“, she says laughing, she put the record on, listened to the tracks, and when it came to ‘Foi Deus‘ she said, “now it’s done“….
Matias Damásio, who is in the audience and for whom the artist asks for a round of applause, sings “Quem me Dera”, followed by “Meu Fado Meu”, “Alma” and “Quem me Dera”.
In a night of confidences, the artist reveals that she is quite boring when recording an album, she meddles in poetry, composition, does research and about the theme she will sing next, she says that she sang it in 2018, it was an unforgettable moment, a poem that he loves with passion, because what the words say are profound acts of love, and by Alexandre O’Neil, he sings “Há Palavras que nos Beijam”.
One of the most extraordinary moments of the night was created with Filipe Ferreira, the fantastic musician who accompanied her on guitar and in which Mariza exposes her entire voice, without a microphone and to a crowded Campo Pequeno, the fado singer offers “Chuva”. And it was also chilling to hear “Melhor de Mim” because it wasn’t just Mariza who sang, the audience was delighted to sing with her.
In his confidences, he also reveals that he also writes and one of his poems was recorded, he says that he finds it quite difficult to sing what he writes because he knows what he felt when he wrote it, that he always tries to take the theme out of alignment but his musicians do not let him. (laughs) and dedicated to the audience singing “Oração”.
A happier moment follows with “Sr. Vinho”, “Verde Limão”, “Rosa Branca” and “Maria Lisboa”.
To end an excellent night of fado, and how could it not be “O Gente da Minha Terra”, “Insensatez” and “Barco Negro”.
This was an emotional concert, a journey of memories, recalling emblematic fados and great songs by Mariza.