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Overview (2)

Born in Mozambique
Birth NameMariza dos Reis Nunes

Mini Bio (1)

Mariza was born on December 16, 1973 in Mozambique as Mariza dos Reis Nunes. She was previously married to João Pedro Ruela.

Spouse (1)

João Pedro Ruela (1997 - 2008) ( divorced)

Trivia (3)

She's a Fado singer.
Daughter of Isabel and José Brandão Nunes.
Gave birth to her first child, a boy named Martim, on June 28th 2011 in Lisbon. Father is António Ferreira.

Personal Quotes (4)

[on the majority of 'fado' singers being women] What I think happens is, society has been more open to see a woman crying and putting out her emotions than a man. Normally you don't like to see a man crying about his feelings and his lost loves. So women have more appeal when they do that.
Just a few days ago I was performing in Oman, and I saw Arabic people in the audience who were really connecting with this very different culture. Fado does not have any frontiers.
I don't remember the first doll that I had, but I do remember my first fado. I never had a teacher. There are no schools for teaching fado. It's an oral tradition, and you learn it on the street, in the tavernas, and in the fado houses.
In fado, you can sing about joy, love, lost love, jealousy, happiness, sadness, as well as sausade - every part of it is being human. You don't have to be a melancholic or sad person to sing this type of music. You just have to feel it. For me, fado is something completely natural. It's like breathing.

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