Mafalda Arnauth

Mafalda Arnauth


This is a project intended to show Mafalda Arnauth at her best, currently one of the best Portuguese voices. With a strong stage presence, you are seduced by her friendly manner and by the way she interacts with the audience, her posture, rigor and audacity.


Born in Lisbon, on the 4th October in 1974, her passion for music manifested itself since the early days of her life. Nevertheless, in her youth, she never aspired for a career as an artist. Not withstanding, the show business world caught up with her while she frequented the last year of her Veterinary university degree. Through a series of chance events, what started as an academic performance ended up transporting Mafalda Arnauth to the world of stages, rehearsals and Fado houses, wherein she allowed herself to artistically grow from the energy of applause, public appreciation and a constant further self-discovery though the art of singing.

Owner of a captivating freshness which derived from her nature and life experiences never before connected to Fado music, she swept audiences with her youthful spontaneity and the correspondent unique way in which she reinterpreted old and classic hits of the genre. As naturally as she had begun her career, Mafalda Arnauth quickly went further on, letting her creative flame grow up to the point where she lent her own nature to the Fado’s spinal chord. The more she created her own original Fado themes, the more she revealed herself to be a new hope for the rebirth of the genre.

The singular voice of Mafalda Arnauth – and her unique way of dwelling in the Fado universe – could not remain, therefore, aloof from the record industry. Disputed by many, she ends up signing a contract with EMI Music. In Portugal, the multinational record company was, at the time, the strongest publishing house for Fado and home for giants of the genre, like the mythical Amália Rodrigues.
“Mafalda Arnauth”, her debut record, sees the light of day in 1999. Side by side with Fado classic compositions, the album is also filled with her own compositions, mostly due to the informed persuasion of her producer, the acclaimed João Gil.
The debut record becomes an instant smash hit and best seller. Cherished by the public and acclaimed by critics, Mafalda Arnauth sees herself transported to the highest heights of popularity in her 24th year of life. She is awarded the “New Talent Of The Year” award from "Blitz" music newspaper and nominated, the following year, in the category of “Best Singer” in the Portuguese Golden Globe Awards.
Important as it was, Mafalda Arnauth’s debut album was not quite a “first step”. It should be – and was – seen as the crystallized result of hundreds of intimate performances in Fado houses and dozens of live concerts throughout the country and abroad, mainly in Europe. Born out of the maturity experience of those performances, the record was also a ground setter for a much more professional series of shows.
One year after the success of her debut album, following a long period on national and international tour, Mafalda Arnauth returns to Portugal, her biggest challenge yet to come: the first concert ever in Lisbon, home of Fado. She is to perform in the grand auditorium of Belém Cultural Centre and the hugely demanding concert hall is sold to full capacity, weeks in advance.
Utterly subdued and seduced, the audience toasts Mafalda Arnauth with the uncontained applause of pleasure, making it clear to her – if there were still any doubts – that all things next have to be even bigger and better. This is the public need and Mafalda’s will and hope.

A popular saying states that “the poet does not sleep and neither does the creator”. And how true this becomes, on March 2001. Mafalda Arnauth deals her cards once more, publishing her second album, “Esta Voz Que Me Atravessa” (roughly translatable as “this the voice ‘who’ crosses through me”).
Simultaneously released in Portugal and the Netherlands through EMI Music, this record is produced by Amélia Muge and José Martins, both of them musicians with deep roots in the traditional Portuguese music. Ricardo Rocha plays Portuguese guitar, José Elmiro Nunes plays the viola and Paulo Paz goes on bass.
“Esta Voz Que Me Atravessa” is a happy folow-up to Mafalda’s debut album. Inspired by the poetry of Hélia Correia and the genial music of Fausto Bordalo Dias, the record mirrors a profound artistic growth for the artist. Shortly after, Mafalda Arnauth becomes the first Portuguese artist to be worldwide represented by Virgin Records.
In October 2001, Mafalda Arnauth stages her second concert in Lisbon. One year after acclamation in the Belém Cultural Centre, she wins over the thorny concert hall of Culturgest - once again sold to full capacity, several weeks before the show. This new live success marks the beginning of yet another demanding tour that takes Mafalda Arnauth to several European capital cities.
Months later, an even richer and more mature artist returns to Portugal, for yet another challenge, in Oporto. She is to embody the theme “Fado, the new generation”, at the Festival “A Port of Fado” in the Monastery of S. Bento da Vitória. Both th


'Mafalda Arnauth' (Emi Valentim de Carvalho 1999)
'Esta voz que me atravessa' ( Emi Valentim de Carvalho 2001)
'Encantamento' (Emi Valentim de Carvalho 2003)
'Talvez se chame saudade' Best of (Emi Music Portugal 2005)
'Diário' (Universal Music Portugal 2005)

Set List

Por onde me leva o vento; Fado sem Fim; Quase Imortal; Eu Venho; Meus lindos olhos; Fado Menor; Bendito Fado; Lusitana; Canção de Embalar; Povo que lavas no Rio; La Boheme; Flor de Verde Pinho; Foi Deus; Fado Cravo; Tinta Verde; Para Maria; Audácia
Set`s Time - 75m