is a fado
singer. She was born in Lisbon
, in October 1974 and started her career in 1995 when invited by João Braga
(an important fado singer) to participate in a concert at S. Luis's Theater. What initially was a single experience became a way of life.
Today her contribution is recognized not only in Portugal but also in many foreign countries, where she regularly performs.Mafalda Arnauth
, her first album released in 1999, was immediately acclaimed by specialists and won the Prize for Best Upcoming Voice by the weekly magazine Blitz, a sign that new generations are back into fado.
After a year filled with concerts and important invitations that took her to the most important concert halls in The Netherlands
, the Louisiana Centre (Denmark
) and to Italy
, to perform in the festival Sete-Sois, Sete-Luas, an important Mediterranean folk event, she sang at Centro Cultural de Belém (Lisbon), where she was warmly acclaimed by the press.
Mafalda's second album, Esta voz que me atravessa
(This voice that goes through me) was released in 2001 and it was produced by Amélia Muge and José Martins. Her album Encantamento
was self-produced. She feels it "leaves fatality, disgrace, and nostalgia behind. Hope is fed on sadness; inspiration on suffering; strength and courage on difficulties."