The singer of fado Mariza has been awarded this Monday with the Luso-Spanish Prize for Art and Culture, awarded every two years, since 2006, by the Ministries of Culture of both countries. The news was received by the artist when she was about to take the stage of a theater in Germany to give a concert of her tour. The jury of the award, endowed with 75,000 euros, which contribute equally to the two ministries, and a trophy of the artist Fernanda Fragateiro, has considered "unanimously" the work of this artist in favor of "the promotion of Spanish-Portuguese relations " From their representative office in Portugal they have transmitted that the award makes them "very happy because it has great prestige and because of Mariza's special relationship with Spain," where she frequently performs. In fact, next Saturday, November 10, will be in the Palace of the Opera of A Coruña and the 25th of this month in the National Auditorium of Madrid.
The jury highlighted the work of Marisa dos Reis Nunes, Mariza, facts like his participation "in the film Fados, by Carlos Saura ", in 2007, in the" numerous concerts that he has performed since 2008 in different stages of Spain ", as well as in the" duos performed together with renowned Spanish soloists "such as" Miguel Poveda, Concha Buika or Sergio Dalma and they represent a successful fusion of diverse rhythms that contribute to breaking down borders and bringing audiences closer ".
Mariza was born in Maputo (Mozambique), in 1973, and is a fado singer of the most popular in Portugal and the Portuguese artists with the greatest international projection. It began to be recognized in 1999, following the death of the fadist Amália Rodrigues, in whose posthumous tributes she participated. Mariza published her first album in 2001, Fado em mim, who followed Fado curved, in 2003, which gave him success outside of Portugal. In 2005, he published Transparent, then his participation in the film came Fados, in which he interpreted the fado Meu fado meu, along with flamenco singer Miguel Poveda, and Or people give minha terra. In the heat of this film gave a series of concerts in Spain with the Portuguese Carlos do Carmo and Camané, from November 2007 until the summer of 2008. That same year, the multinational EMI Music released his new album, with the title of Terra, produced by Javier Limón.
On May 24, 2014, he played the UEFA Champions League anthem at the Estádio Da Luz in Lisbon in the pre-final ceremony of the Champions League. A year later, he published World, in which he sang along with Sergio Dalma the song soul in Spanish. Another milestone of popularity was her performance with the fadist Ana Moura at the opening and intermediate of the Eurovision Song Contest of 2018, held in Lisbon last May.
In an interview with this newspaper in 2015, he recalled the complicated arrival of his family in Lisbon, "with nothing and no one to love us". "We went into a house where the water came in when it rained, there was no money, there was no work, my mom was black, my dad, blond, and me, like that, with this little color." Today, his music has sold over a million albums. In that interview, he defined fado as "an oral tradition, like flamenco".
The purpose of the Luso-Spanish Prize is "to distinguish a living author, thinker, creator or interpreter who, through his / her action in the area of arts and culture, has contributed significantly to the reinforcement of ties between the States of Spain and Portugal". The jury is made up of six members, three of Portuguese nationality and three of Spanish nationality. On this occasion, the Portuguese João Fernandes, deputy director of the Reina Sofía National Art Center Museum; Pedro Serra, professor at the Department of Modern Philology at the University of Salamanca, and architect João Luís Carrilho da Graça. For Spain, Ana Santos, director of the National Library; Juan Cruz, journalist of EL PAÍS and writer, and Adriana Moscoso, general director of Cultural Industries and Cooperation.
Since its first edition, this award has been received by the Portuguese poet and translator José Bento (2006), the Spanish writer Perfecto Cuadrado (2008); in 2010, the architect Álvaro Siza (Portugal), the filmmaker Carlos Saura (2012), the writer Lidia Jorge (2014) and the journalist and translator Pilar del Río (2016).