Mariza - Fado Tradicional (5 stars)

Stunning fifth album from Portguese fado singer

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Mariza - Fado Tradicional

(EMI)

Mariza, with her iconic, bleached short hairstyle has become an international star since reviving classic Portuguese fado, placing her country and its compelling port songs on the musical map. This new release is her best ever, a 12-song sequence that sees the sensual tremolo-burr of her voice in finest shape, its passions unforced as it expresses the heartfelt despair of out-of-reach love and solitude. Add in pared-back, occasionally experimental accompaniment by a trio led by Ângelo Freire’s exquisite Portuguese guitar, plus a duo with veteran singer Artur Batalha and you have a perfect album.

Mariza plays the Usher Hall, Edinburgh, Fri 13 May.

Mariza

Stunning talent making waves on the world music scene, Portuguese singer Mariza has won love and respect with her reworking of the national music of fado, blending American blues and Argentinean tango.

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