Awards 2016 Winner

Best Artist: 2016 Winner

Mariza
Mundo on Warner Music Portugal

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Back after a five-year recording hiatus, Mariza returned in 2015 with an album that was not so much a reinvention as a bold expansion of her role as fados foremost global ambassador. Adding sparkling pop ballads and subtle washes of electronica to her traditional roots, Mundo was an unalloyed triumph, her artistry hitting dynamic new heights and her voice expressing every emotional nuance, whether singing a gentle and intimate lullaby for her young son or melodramatically letting rip on the high notes with the force of an operatic diva.

Click to listenSympathetically helmed by the Spanish world music producer Javier Limon - whose previous credits include Buika and Anoushka Shankar - it's an album that she describes as “the most personal I've ever made” and an invitation into her most private world.

“I didn't want any effects on my voice,” she told Songlines. “I wanted people to feel I was singing just next to their ear, like I';m right beside them, each listener as my solo audience.”

Now in her early 40s, she emerges not only as the finest fado singer of her generation, but one of the world's most charismatic artists, bridging traditional and popular forms in transcendental style.

By Nigel Williamson