Mariza wis born tae a Portuguese faither an a mither o pairtial African heritage. At age three, her faimily muivit tae Metropolitan Portugal, an she wis raised in Lisbon's historic quairters o Mouraria an Alfama. While vera young she began singin in a wide variety o muisical styles, includin gospel, soul an jazz. Her faither strangly encouragit her tae adopt fado; he felt that pairticipatin in the tradeetional muisic wad grant her greater acceptance in the Portuguese commonty. Mariza haes sauld ower 1,000,000 records warldwide.