The concert of Ana Moura, a Portuguese fado star, will mark the 40th anniversary of Zagreb's town twinning with Lisbon.
The sensuous timbre, which lends each melody she sings the spirit of fado, makes her interpretations unique. Emotional journeys, on which she reaches the hearts of audiences, guarantee an experience that one can rarely enjoy.
Music greats have also recognized this. In 2005, while Ana was delighting the Carnegie Hall audience, on the other side of the world, the Rolling Stones saxophonist Tim Ries was looking for fado albums in a record store in Tokyo. Three of Ana’s albums came into his hands and delighted him immediately when he first listened to them. She was invited to participate in a project, in which the legendary band experimented with various music genres. They recorded the songs “Brown Sugar” and “No Expectations” together and first performed them live at a big concert at the Alvalade XXI Stadium in Lisbon. Since then, they have appeared together a few times on their tours, and Tim Ries, fascinated by the beauty of her voice, dedicated the song Vehlo Anjo (Portuguese for Old Angel) to her. She recorded the song on her album "Para Alem da Saudade” in 2007.
Her outstanding music also found its way to legendary Prince, who once visited Paris only to see her perform at La Cigale club. Later on, he invited her to be his guest during his appearance at the great Super Bock Super Rock festival held on the Meco Beach in Portugal.
Collaboration with the Frankfurt Radio Bigband, the fusion of jazz and fado, earned her a Golden Globe nomination, as well as one for Best Artist by eminent English magazine Songlines in 2011.
The Croatian audience already had an opportunity to see and listen to her at Lisinski Hall in 2009 and she also appeared at the Avantgard Jazz Festival in Rovinj in 2012.
It is no fluke that Ana Moura is the most popular fado singer. Her perfect voice is a true gift of nature, and Ana's work on it testifies to the quality of her performance. During her appearance on Saturday, the songs simply flowed and her singing of fado standards and her own songs seemed so easy and almost natural. - this is how Zoran Stajčić, music critic of the Straight to the Bottom (Ravno do dna) portal, described her performance.
She has six studio albums, of which her latest one, “Moura”, released in 2015, achieved gold sales immediately after release. The album was produced by the four-time Grammy Award winner Larry Klein, well-known for his collaboration with legends like Joni Mitchell and Herbie Hancock. It was mixed by Tim Palmer, a close associate of U2 and The Cure, and one of those who deserve most credit for the great success of the Pearl Jam classic, the album “Ten”.
The band members that support Ana's passionate blend of traditional fado and popular music have cooperated with Madonna, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Robbie Williams, Frank Zappa, Sting, Michael Buble and similar musicians.
Ana Moura is one of the most renowned Portuguese musicians in the world. She is a singer who is writing the modern history of fado, with over 300,000 albums sold, dozens of awards, among which also two Golden Globes.