Concerto duma elegância enorme de Mariza ao vivo em Londres, produzido pela BBC, 2007
Mariza ao vivo
Mariza ao vivo, Concerto da fadista em Londres, Um cenário único, um ambiente mágico. Momentos captados pela BBC 2007
Everything and nothing has happened in the year since Mariza was last nominated for this award. She lost (third time lucky!). There’s been no new material, if we’re counting studio albums, although she has just released a live CD/DVD. Otherwise, she’s been too busy touring, taking her one-woman Portuguese reconquest to previously unsuspecting parts of the planet. Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Australia, Mozambique, Angola, Malaysia, China, South Korea, Croatia, Serbia and so on…
Live albums are notorious as potboilers, with audio quality usually sacrificed in the name of atmosphere and excitement. Even so, Concerto em Lisboa suffers from neither problem; it’s a fascinating portrait of an artist at the peak of her career (or maybe just the latest peak) and the sound is faithfully captured in ravishing detail. Each subtle flurry from the Sinfonietta de Lisboa and every one of Mariza’s commanding gestures seem to be part of a riveting narrative. With 20,000 plus gobsmacked fans in front of her and the iconic ghostly blue outline of the Torre de Belém stage right, she somehow manages to project the intimacy of a fado taverna, so completely in her element does she seem throughout.
There’s really no need for a biography here – if by now you don’t the story of how the world’s most famous fado singer has progressed from the Purcell Room to the Royal Albert Hall in five short sweet years, you haven’t been paying much attention. Look at last year’s profile.
Just why Mariza’s success dwarfs that of her closest competitors is no real mystery, but a combination of qualities, all of which add up to one enormous X-factor. She has the strongest voice of her generation (both in terms of phrasing and sheer volume). She’s experimented with and expanded fado without losing touch with its essence. She’s an intelligent, articulate interview subject who knows just how to deal with the press (and the newly established Portuguese paparazzi). And she’s got the looks, dress sense, charisma, stage presence, and moves that make her a natural star. Convinced?