Mariza: Live in London [DVD] 
Portuguese fado singer Mariza was invited to perform at the Union Chapel in London in March 2003 for a BBC taping, and this video presents that show. Dressed in elaborately stitched black outfits and sporting short, blonde, marcelled hair, she spends 75 minutes singing in the impassioned, declaratory fado style, usually backed by a Portuguese guitar, acoustic guitar, and acoustic bass. (A pianist turns up for one song, as does a muted trumpeter.) "fado is not always melancholy," she says, after singing the melancholy "Loucura" from her first album, Fado em Mim, and then proves it by borrowing another number from that disc, the more up-tempo tribute to her hometown, "Maria Lisboa." "Fado Curvo," the title song from her second album, is also taken at a quicker pace, but many of the songs are slow ballads in which the instruments sometimes pause for a particularly dramatic statement by the singer. Still, Mariza, who speaks fluent, if heavily accented English, never lets things get too heavy. She finds ways of giving the material variety, whether it's lifting up her long black skirt to reveal a multi-colored stocking or dispensing with her microphone to sing in the aisle. She proves an excellent ambassador for her country and her traditional musical style. The DVD also contains music videos for her songs "Ó Gente da Minha Terra" and "Cavaleiro Monge," as well as a seven and a half minute "interview" which is actually a short film made in Lisbon in which she discusses her career while walking a path on a hill above the city.