Mariza pays tribute to Amália Rodrigues, the Queen of Fado, in a concert that was filmed exclusively for this broadcast in Lisbon, Portugal. Mariza has helped bring Fado, the sound of Portugal, into the 21st century and has swept global audiences off their feet like only Amália had done in the 1950s and 1960s with her residencies at legendary venues such as the Paris Olympia and Carnegie Hall.
Through her critically acclaimed recordings and unexpected collaborations, Mariza has expanded what Fado can be today. But never before has Mariza taken the step of recording an entire album of Amália classics. The album, Mariza Sings Amália, featuring ten Amália standards reinvented for the 21st century, will be released a few days before the January 29th concert.
Mariza made her debut at The Town Hall in 2003, the year after she released her first album Fado em Mim. Fado’s history at The Town Hall stretches back to midcentury concerts with artists such as Maria Marques and of course, Amalia Rodrigues’s legendary 1990 performance and recording at the Hall.
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Fado music is a form of Portuguese singing that is often associated with pubs, cafés, and restaurants. This music genre officially originated in Portugal around the 1820s, though it is thought to have much earlier origins. Fado is known for how expressive and profoundly melancholic it is. In fado music, the musician will sing about the hard realities of daily life, balancing both resignation and hopefulness that a resolution to its torments can still occur. It can be described by using the Portuguese word “saudade,” which means “longing” and stands for a feeling of loss. Fado music often has one or two 12 string guitars, one or two violas, and sometimes a small 8 string bass.