Maria Rita Mariano

born on 19/9/1977 in Sao Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil

Maria Rita

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Maria Rita

Maria Rita (Portuguese pronunciation: [mai it]; born September 9, 1977, in São Paulo, Brazil) is the performance name of Maria Rita Camargo Mariano, a Brazilian singer. She is the daughter of famed pianist/arranger César Camargo Mariano and the late Brazilian singing legend Elis Regina and sister to Pedro Mariano and music producer João Marcelo Bôscoli. Her namesake is family friend and famed Brazilian rock legend Rita Lee. Maria Rita majored in Latin American studies and communications at New York University, and worked as a journalist at a magazine for adolescents.

Maria Rita began singing professionally at the age of 24, although she had wanted to sing since she was 14. Her first CD, Maria Rita, launched her career symbolically, with the first cut on her first album, A Festa (The Party), being written by Milton Nascimento, a Brazilian singer-songwriter whose career was launched by Maria Rita's mother, Elis Regina. The CD went platinum and was a hit worldwide, making her an international star. Her mother's reputation as one of Brazil's greatest female singers has been a major influence in Maria Rita's life although she respectfully avoids the songs identified with her mother; she has said that she was always conscious of being the only daughter of a great singer. Despite having her mother's vocal DNA, she has developed her own jazzy vocal style, with singers like Ella Fitzgerald as her model.

She won the 2004 Latin Grammy Awards for Best New Artist in the General Field, Best Song in Portuguese (A festa) and her debut album Maria Rita won the Best MPB (Musica Popular Brasileira) Album award for that year. The world hit that Segundo turned out to be, granted her in 2006, two additional Grammys Latinos Best MPB Album and Best Brazilian Song with Caminho das Águas authored by Rodrigo Maranhão and over 50 shows abroad, with full public and reviews acceptance in the Montreux Jazz Festival, North Sea Jazz Festival, Irving Plaza (NY), San Francisco Jazz Festival, among others.

Maria Rita was nominated for the BBC Radio 3 Awards for World Music in 2008. On 28 June 2008, Maria Rita performed in London for the first time, with a production by Tuba Productions and JungleDrums Magazine.


  • 2003 - Maria Rita (Warner Latina) (1,000,000 sold in Brazil), with follow-on "Maria Rita" DVD, recorded live in São Paulo at Bourbon Street
  • 2005 - Segundo (Warner Latina) (350,000 sold in Brazil), with follow-on "Segundo" DVD, recorded live in 3 venues.
  • 2007 - Samba Meu (Wea International) (300,000 sold in Brazil), with follow-on "Maria Rita: Samba Meu" DVD, recorded live in Rio de Janeiro.
  • 2011 - Elo (Maria Rita album) (Wea International) (100,000 sold in Brazil)
  • 2012 - Redescobrir (Wea International) (200,000 sold in Brazil), with follow-on "Maria Rita: Redescobrir" DVD, recorded live in Rio de Janeiro.
  • 2014 - Coração a Batucar

Rita also appeared with Milton Nascimento on his CD "Pieta" singing a duet on "Tristesse", which also won a Latin Grammy in 2003. She recently appeared with Uruguayan 2004 Grammy Award Winner Jorge Drexler on his CD "12 Segundos de Oscuridad" singing a duet on "Soledad". She is a big fan of and has appeared live in cameo with the Brazilian rap/hip-hop group O Rappa.


  • This article incorporates material translated from the Maria Rita article on the Portuguese language Wikipedia.

Awards and nominations

Latin Grammy

2004 Result
Album of the Year - Maria Rita Nominated
Record of the Year - A Festa Nominated
Best New Artist Won
Best MPB Album - Maria Rita Won
Best Brazilian Song - A Festa (Award Went to Milton Nascimento) Won
2006 Result
Best MPB Album - Segundo Won
Best Brazilian Song - Caminho das Águas (Award Went to Rodrigo Maranhão) Won
2008 Result
Best Samba/Pagode Album - Samba Meu Won
2011 Result
Record of the Year - Latinoamérica (as a feature artist) Won
2012 Result
Best MPB Album - Elo Nominated
2013 Result
Best MPB Album - Redescobrir Ao Vivo Won

Prêmio Multishow de Música Brasileira

2003 Result
Best New Artist (Solo) Nominated
2004 Result
Best Album - Maria Rita Nominated
Best Female Singer Won
Best Song - A Festa (by Milton Nascimento) Nominated
Best DVD - Maria Rita Nominated
Best Show Nominated
2008 Result
Best Album - Samba Meu Won
Best Female Singer Nominated
Best Song - Tá Perdoado Nominated

1Tied with Paulinho da Viola for MTV Unplugged.

External links

  • Maria Rita - Official Website
  • Report on 2004 Latin Grammy awards - enter Maria Rita for search
  • National Public Radio Interview
  • NPR report on 2004 Latin Grammy winners
  • A french site about brazilian music
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