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FADO EM MIM

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  • 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)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Loucura
  2. Poetas
  3. Chuva
  4. Maria Lisboa
  5. O' Gente Da Minha Terra
  6. Que Deus Me Perdoe
  7. Há Festa Na Mouraria
  8. Terra D'agua
  9. Oica Lá O' Senhor Vinho
  10. Por Ti!
  11. Oxalá
  12. Barco Negro

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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.

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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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Absolutely wonderful - I love it !
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This album was my first introduction to fado. I bought it after reading a review of one of her concerts, played it once, and was an immediate convert to fado. I no longer listen to any other kind of music. Having seen her in concert recently, I can testify that she remains one of the greatest of the novos fadistas, and with Misia and Cristina Branco moving away from fado, and Dulce Pontes making only occasional forays into the genre, Mariza's is now the greatest female voice in the business (with Camané and Gonçalo Salgueiro the greatest male singers). This album has several great tracks, notably O Gente da Minha Terra, an Amália Rodrigues classic that no-one else, to my knowledge, has recorded since her. The live album has a fine version of the Amália standard, Que Estranha Forma de Vida, with some very curious phrasing. There is, perhaps, a lack of saudade and tristeza here, with more up-beat numbers than one might expect to find on the average fado album, but that may help some newcomers find their way. It certainly helped her win the 2003 BBC Awards for World Music.
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This is the CD that introduced me to fado, the most beautiful and moving musical tradition I have ever heard. For weeks after buying it, I had it playing almost round the clock: the initial impact does not wear off. Since then I have bought several fado CDs by singers like Misia, Cristina Branco, Mafalda Arnauth, and others, all of whom are quite wonderful. But Mariza seems to me to be in a different league, even Ñ dare one say it Ñ from Amalia Rodrigues, whose style she follows. Listen to the two versions of O Gente da Minha Terra to hear her pulling out the stops, and at the same time deminstrating her extraordinary vocal control and her ability to modify her performance to suit instruments and place. Notice, for example, the difference between the WOMAD performance (on disc 2), which is very upbeat, and which starts with a lukewarm audience ('Mariza who?') and ends with them shouting for more; and the main disc, which is more sober and employs a full range of fado styles, conveying a sense of saudade, tristezza, and anseio.
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.
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Mariza is an extraordinary figure who sings "Fado", the soul(ful) music of Portugal with a range of technical virtuosity and emotional authenticity that is breath-taking. When I saw her live in Bristol in the autumn of 2005 I found myself totally at the mercy of her voice and gestures. She's a masterful singer and outstanding performer. She uses the full dynamic range of her voice, from hall-filling to whisper.

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.
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Some months ago I fell asleep listening BBC World Service only to wake in the wee small hours entranced by a female vocalist singing in a style different to anything I had heard before (god bless you Charlie Gillett). This was my introduction to fado and Mariza and may many of you share this discovery. This is passionate music and repeated listening reveals how finely crafted it is. I've recently seen her in concert and entrance the audience so don't hesitate - buy the CD and, if you get the chance, buy a ticket too.
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A must for all discerning collectors of fine music. This lady's voice reaches the soul, in turn it is whimsical, strong, throbbing and angelic.......The collection of songs on this c.d. gives her the opportunity to show us her wide vocal range. Fado is the Portuguese variation of the 'blues' - if you like 'bluesy' music you will love this.
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I only discovered Fado music very recently, despite having connections with Portugal. And my introduction was soley with Marizas album "Fado Em Mim". There are not many words i can use to describe this album, maybe prehaps fantastic, fabulous, outstanding. This young singer has an AMAZING vocal range and beautiful voice, in some songs (for example Primavera on Disc 2) my skin goes goosepimple-y at some of her fabulous notes! I know very little Portuguese (bar "hello", "how are you") but this is of little importance when you hear this ladies vocal talents.
I cannot begin to express how worthwhile this album would be to anyones CD collection, BUY IT!
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