Two World Music Stars, Mariza and Eugenia León, in Concert at Kennedy Center

Fado star Mariza
Fado star Mariza
The new face of Portuguese fado comes together with Mexico’s legendary diva of ranchera, bolero, and tango for one performance on March 23, 2007 at 7:30 PM at Kennedy Center Concert Hall.

In just a few short years, Mariza has established herself as the new face of Portuguese fado, seducing audiences worldwide with her breathtaking voice, charismatic stage presence, and powerful blend of traditional and contemporary song forms.

Mariza is a Mozambican whose soul was forged in the old Mouraria district of Lisbon – and it was there that she first heard fado singers. Her latest CDs are Transparente and the live recording Concerto En Lisboa. Transparente was released in more than 35 countries around the world. In Portugal, the recording immediately shot to Number One and won the Portuguese Golden Globe Award for “Best Interpreter of the Year.” More information at Mariza.

One of Mexico’s most famous “divas,”  Eugenia León penetrates the soul with a voice of expressive force and versatility. Eugenia León got her start in the New Song Movement, Latin America’s equivalent to the rise of Bob Dylan and company. With a repertoire that pairs contemporary composers with the traditional music of Mexico – including rancheras, boleros, and tangos – her music defies classification, nurtured with elements of theater cabaret, opera, and jazz. And her association with actors, poets, painters, and writers imparts a rich dimension to the staging of her performances.


She has performed twice at the Kennedy Center, during the festival AmericArtes and in the KC Jazz Club. After 3 years, she returns to the music scene with her new CD Pasional. Learn more about Eugenia León on her Web site at

Running Time: 95 minutes
Tickets: $15.00 – $45.00

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