Mariza born in Mozambique moved to Portugal at a very young age. She lived her childhood in Mouraria, one of the most typical neighbourhoods of Lisabon, where she discovered and sang the fado with the old local fado singer's.
Her first proffesional steps in music took her to the Portugese casino's and clubs where she sang jazz, gospel, soul and brazilian music, but also the occasional fado song with great success.
In 1998 she was invited by Raúl Solnado, a famous Portugese actor, to perform in Canada and where she discovered her love and dedication for the fado. Her interpretative qualities came to light to the Portugese audience, press and several important fado personalities, when she was invited to participate in a tribute to the greatest diva of fado, Amália Rodrigues, at the Coliseums of Lisabon and Porto and broadcasted live at national Portuges television. Since that performance she has been a regular guest in many TV and radio shows in Portugal and performed very successfully in Holland, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy, Brazil and Morocco.
Her impact in Portugal has been enormous in a short time. She received the award