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Maria da Nazaré

(N. 9 February, 1946 - M. February, 1946)

Born in Barreiro, Maria da Nazaré saw the light of day on the 9 February 1946, although her identification card says she was born on the 9 September of the same year. Maria da Nazaré comes to Lisbon with her parents at a very young age and first began singing for her family and friends; later, at 14 years old (1960) she performed at Serões para Trabalhadores, shows organized by the former FNAT, (Federação Nacional para a Alegria no Trabalho), an institution that changed its name to INATEL after the 25 April 1974 revolution.

She joins the former Emissora Nacional at 17 years old, entering a cast of artists that travels around the country performing for workers and is broadcast by the radio.

By late 1960s, she had won twice the competition Grande Noite do Fado, organized by Casa da Imprensa.

Her career has many released records, exhibition travels, both national and internationally, and performances at the most important fado houses.

She performed at Brazil, Angola, Mozambique, UK, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and Spain.

She is a presence in the most prestigious show rooms in the Lisbon region, such as Casino Estoril, “Taverna do Embuçado”, “Lisboa à Noite” or “Sr. Vinho”, “Clube do Fado”, and most recently “Casa de Linhares - Bacalhau de Molho”.

Maria da Nazaré is regularly invited to sing in private parties, conferences and hotels, and TV shows. She also performed several times at Centro Cultural de Belém, Aula Magna, Expo 98, Festa do Avante and parties organized by the União Geral de Trabalhadores and many Town Councils, namely Festas da Cidade de Lisboa.

In 2007 she was one of the presences in Carlos Saura’s film “Fados”, together with Vicente da Câmara, Ana Sofia Varela, Carminho, Ricardo Ribeiro and Pedro Moutinhordo Ribeiro and Pedro Moutinho

In 2019, she records “Regressos” with the Fado singer António Passão. The album marks their comeback to the recording studios where they sing in duet and solo interpretations.



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