- Audio CD (7 April 2011)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Wrasse Records
- ASIN: B00005NIIA
- Other Editions: Audio CD | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 172,176 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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If the legendary singer Amalia Rodrigues is the queen of fado, the national song of Portugal, then Fado Em Mim, the debut by Mariza, announces her coronation as its crown princess in the 21st century. This 20-something, Mozambique-born beauty of Portuguese, Spanish, German, African and Indian descent rapidly rose from the Mouraria district of Lisbon to become its newest and brightest star. The 12 selections on this recording are arranged in chamber-style ensembles consisting of bass, piano, classical guitar and its 12-stringed, Portuguese cousin, the viola. Songs like "O Gente Da Minha Terra" and the traditional "Por Ti" ring with a haunting feeling of saudade well beyond Mariza's years. "Maria Lisboa", "Ha Fest Na Mouraria", with cellist Davide Zaccaria, and "Barco Negro" are peppered with Iberian and African-flavoured percussion. Mariza sings these songs of love, God and country with a youthful vitality that proves that fado is alive and well. --Eugene Holley, Jr.
This music is elegant, sophisticated and yearning. There's something about the guitars and the cadences of the voice that evoke the mystery and sadness of the ocean. Someone waits at a café on the quayside for a lover they know will never return...
Mariza has created a stir in Portugal and internationally this year with this debut album. She's young, looks the part and has a fabulous, keening, lyrical voice. She reinterprets the Portuguese tradition of Fado singing, a form of urban folk music based around café society. "Loucura" the opening track and "Que Dues Me Perdoe" feel like they embody the form: sad yet dignified, powerful and dramatic and beautifully sung, with simple accompaniment fromportugese classicalguitars.
With a voice as intense and potentially as unrelenting as this a little drama can go a long way. But the material here has enough variety to ensure a satisfying programme of many different moods. "Poetas" starts with a brooding arrangement for piano and cello, before the guitars come back and lift the track into uptempo jauntiness. "Terra D'Aqua" is simply a very strong and compelling melody.
"Barco Negro" is just a drum and Mariza's soaring voice and has an unmistakably Celtic feel to it. (Well, I suppose it's only a brief skip across the sea from Portugal to the south coast of Ireland). And there's a "hidden" track at the end, which for once is essential and not time wasting filler: a stark, great version of "Loucura" for just piano and voice.
This is state of the art "world music". Every detail is just right. It's beautifully recorded, with a deluxe sleeve and packaging. Anyone who likes emotional music, dramatically and skillfully expressed should enjoy it. --Nick Reynolds
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Top Customer Reviews
Over many years, I have enjoyed Edith Piaf, the Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum (one of the greatest divas of the twentieth century), and India's Lata Mangeshkar, but I have never heard a voice like Mariza's. Her second album is on the way.
Compared with the flamenco of neighboring Spain, fado has less sheer rhythmic drive and complexity, and less raw excitement. On the other hand, singing in fado is more nuanced - not "full-on" all the time. The instrumentation too is more delicate, with the standard classical guitar plus the distinctive, silvery sound of the fado guitar. Fado is also melodically and hamonically richer - it has tunes that you can hum, albeit with some tricky changes.
Fado em Mim has an excellent variety of pace and mood. I love minor-tinged, dramatic, sadder stuff such as "Loucura" (Madness) and "Que Deus Me Perdoe" (May God forgive me) but the lighter-hearted pieces are a delight too - the classic "Oica La O Senhor Vinho" (Listen here, Mr Wine) and Maria Lisboa.
DON'T BUY THIS if you like your music strictly Anglo-Saxon or easy-on-the-ear-mellow. But if you're willing to be enchanted and carried away to another world, this is just the ticket for you. Listen, and marvel.
I cannot begin to express how worthwhile this album would be to anyones CD collection, BUY IT!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Simple accompaniment of Portuguese guitar, bass drum and piano in the Fado style. Marizas' voice is loaded with passion. Its all very rewarding.Published 10 months ago by Mr.Jif [AC] Smart
Ultimately, this scarce UK CD is yet another repackage of Sony's 'Super Hits' compilation from 1999, which has appeared in a variety of guises since. Read morePublished 17 months ago by For Tomorrow 24
Mesmerising stuff - wonderful singer and beautiful with it.Published on 2 Mar. 2015 by C. A. Russell