Mariza was born in Lourenço Marques, Portuguese Mozambique, to a Portuguese father, José Brandão Nunes, and a Mozambican mother, Isabel Nunes. When she was three years old, her family moved to Metropolitan Portugal, and she was raised in Lisbon’s historic quarters of Mouraria and Alfama. While very young she began singing in a wide variety of musical styles, including gospel, soul and jazz. Her father strongly encouraged her to adopt Fado; he felt that participating in the traditional music would grant her greater acceptance in the Portuguese community. Mariza has sold over 1,000,000 records worldwide.
Photo: “Mariza (i)” by Bruno Bollaert. Via Flickr (CC by SA 2.0 licence)
Episode 130 - Vinho do Porto
Nara Leao was a Brazilian Bossa Nova and MPB singer and occasional actress. As a teenager in the late 1950s, she became friends with a number of singers and composers who took part in Bossa Nova’s musical revolution. In fact, it was in her apartment in her parents’ home in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro that the new music was born in 1958. She was known as “the muse of bossa nova.”
Episode 129 - Vinho do Porto
Clara Nunes was a Brazilian samba and MPB singer, considered one of the greatest of her generation. A big fan of Portela Samba school, her achievements in the samba genre earned her the title of “Queen of Samba”. Unfortunately she died too soon, at the age of 40… but she left us her wonderful music!
Photo: “Clara show 02” by Luiz Fernando Reis. Via Flickr (CC by SA 2.0 licence)
Episode 128 - Vinho do Porto
Humanos was a Portuguese band created to bring to light some unreleased António Variações’ songs that were found after his death in a shoe box. David Fonseca, Manuela Araujo and Camane were responsible for what became an unmatched success at that point in the Portuguese music scene (2004 to 2006).
The picture is from their only album which achieved quintuple platinum status.
Episode 127 - Vinho do Porto