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KCRW Series

Sat / Oct 19, 2024 - 8:00PM

The world’s foremost fado singer brings Portuguese drama to Los Angeles.


About this Performance

There’s no singer who embodies the sound of fado more completely than Mariza. The Portuguese musician was born in the same neighborhood that, 150 years prior, gave birth to the dramatic, expressive, and intensely melancholy music that’s now synonymous with the Iberian country. Mariza’s ability to draw the deepest emotions from a song made her an instant star in Portugal, where she’s beloved as an icon. Across her three-decade career, she’s stretched fado’s limits, combining it with jazz, flamenco, Latin jazz, and influences from her mother’s home country of Mozambique. Her “dark, rich, commanding contralto” (Washington Post) has led to collaborations with everyone from Lenny Kravitz to Gilberto Gil.

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