Mariza Sings her Fados at the Habano Festival


Portugal’s popular crooner Mariza opened the 12th Habano Festival sang her fados and nostalgic songs for the lovers of the world’s very best premium cigars.

During a memorable concert, together with Cuban keyboardist Chucho Valdes and Brazilian musician Ivan Lins, Mariza swept over 1,000 attendees from 70 different countries off their feet.

Her own style, her onstage moves and her elegance gave a touch of distinction to a concert dedicated to tobacco industry professionals, businesspeople, artists and aficionados of habanos, the finest cigars on the face of the earth.

The well-known singer talked enthusiastically about her first visit to Cuba, a dream she cherished for a long time and that has finally come true in a very special way.

When asked about the linkage between Fado and the Cuban bolero, Mariza said music is music, without any borderlines or languages, though it does stand for a certain country’s culture.

She showed her pleasure for performing in this concert and attending the festival as she praised the audience’s acclaim and the beauty of the Havana Grand Theater, the venue where the event got underway with a presentation of Cuba’s Ballet Company.

Marisa dos Reis Nunes (Mariza) was born in Mozambique from a local mother and a Portuguese father. She’s vastly known for her fados and for being one of Portugal’s most prestigious performers. 

The singer grew up on the Lisbon neighborhood of Mouraria, the cradle of this nostalgic musical genre. Her first album entitled Fado Em Mim in 2001 went quadruple platinum in Portugal.

Her follow-up album, the 2003 Fado Curbo, eventually put her on the international limelight. She recorded fados for several movie soundtracks directed by Spanish filmmaker Carlos Saura.