- Mariza, ComIH, born Marisa dos Reis Nunes, is a popular fado singer
- Mariza was born to a Portuguese father and a mother of partial African heritage
- At age three, 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
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