Mísia’s 25th career anniversary commemorated with her first-ever “Best Of” album
25 years after the release of her first album, Mísia has become one of the most international of all Fado singers, with a dozen albums and many live performances that have conquered music fans all over the world. November 18th brings the release of a new album which isn’t simply a new Mísia album: it is her very first best-of album, “Do Primeiro Fado Ao Último Tango”, chosen by the singer herself and bringing together all of her own favourites from a 25-year recording career.
Her 1991 debut album “Mísia” was the starting shot of what journalist Manuel Halpern called the “New Fado” – a renewal of the genre by young singers whose approach was more contemporary and less stuffy to Lisbon’s traditional song. In his book on the history of Fado, Halpern placed the beginning of the movement in March 1991, the month Mísia released on EMI her very first record, saying that “everything that came before that is a sort of pre-history”.
“Do Primeiro Fado Ao Último Tango” takes us on an extraordinary journey through a 25-year recording career that saw Mísia continually take chances and sign to such prestigious labels as Erato and Naïve. Since then she has released a dozen acclaimed albums: “Fado”, “Tanto Menos Tanto Mais”, “Garras dos Sentidos”, “Paixões Diagonais”, “Ritual”, “Canto”, “Drama Box”, “Ruas, Lisbonarium & Tourists”, “Senhora da Noite”, “Delikatessen Café Concerto” and “Para Amália”.
Some of their songs have become classics, all of them have become an important part of the history of Fado, whether new or old, over the past 25 years. That is why “Do Primeiro Fado ao Último Tango”, more than just a best-of album, is a history lesson – a record of 25 years of Fado in the unique voice of Mísia.
More about Mísia
Mísia is a pioneer, a free spirit, that had to build her own path in the genre, and that’s probably why she is called by some the anarchist of Fado. Nobel Prize winner José Saramago wrote for her voice, the French film director Patrice Leconte directed the video (Duas Luas 2001), John Turturro chose Mísia for his film “Passione” (2010). William Christie programmed her at the Cité de la Musique in Paris (2004). For many years she has built an international career on the most prestigious stages, such as Berlin Philharmonic, Festival d’Avignon, Ópera National Theatre of São Carlos in Lisbon, Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris, Town Hall in New York, Festival d’Avignon, Queen Elizabeth Hall in London, Cocoon Theater in Tokyo, amongst others. Her work has been mentioned in the press worldwide: Billboard, New York Times, Libération, Die Zeit… Mísia is a contemporary Portuguese singer, who is widely celebrated for the timeless and universal sentiments, which are part of her songs sung not only in her native language but also in many other languages. Countless awards and distinctions, hundreds of thousand records sold all over the world, illustrate well the importance of this artist into the history of Fado, in the Portuguese music in general, past and future.
“(…) her voice can be like smoke, velvet or acid. It sobs, whispers and seduces with the raw emotional daring of Edith Piaf’s. By turns tender and defiant, her singing is so expressive that you don’t need to understand the Portuguese words to comprehend the bitter experience and pain.” – The New York Times
“(…) one of the most remarkable singers in Europe today” – Chicago Tribune
“Queen of fado” – The Washington Post
“A true-blue fadista (despite being half-Portuguese, half-Catalan), Mísia delivers the style with desperate passion cloaked in theatrical sophistication.” – Billboard
“Fado needed a modern voice […] and all signs say that Mísia is it. Her voice is as big as those of the legends who influence her, and she’s not afraid to spice up the old style with contemporary pop moves.” – Time Out
“Tracing time is always difficult. But if we have to set a date for the start of the new Fado, it would be in March 1991, when Mísia released her first album. Whatever exists before, is a kind of prehistory.” Manuel Halperne in: “O Futuro da Saudade’ (D. Quixote, 2004)
United Kingdom, France, Germany, Austria, Scandinavia, Italy, Switzerland, Spain, Eastern Europe except Poland and Russia, Latin America, EUA, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Korea and Hong Kong
Awards and Key dates relating to the career of Mísia
– Amália Award, Portugal (2012)
– Gilda Award, Italy (2011
– Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters, France (2011)
– Medal of the Order of Merit, Portugal (2005)
– Great Red Medal of the City of Paris, France (2004)
– Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters, France (2004)
– Award of the German Record Critics, Germany (2004)
– Grand Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros, France (1996)