Maria Rita

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Maria Rita
Maria Rita @ Virada Cultural 2009 07.jpg
Maria Rita performing at Virada Cultural in 2009.
Background information
Birth nameMaria Rita Camargo Mariano
Born (1977-09-09) 9 September 1977 (age 41)
São Paulo, Brazil
OriginSão Paulo, Brazil
GenresMPB, jazz, samba
Years active2001–present
LabelsWarner Latina
Wea International
Universal Music
WebsiteOfficial website

Maria Rita (Portuguese pronunciation: [maˈɾiɐ ˈʁitɐ]; born 9 September 1977, São Paulo) is a Brazilian singer. Born Maria Rita Camargo Mariano, 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, she studied 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, the legendary Brazilian singer-songwriter whose career was launched by Maria Rita's mother, Elis Regina, when she began to sing his songs to the national Brazilian audience. The CD went platinum and was a hit worldwide, making her an international star, she developed her own jazzy vocal style, with singers like Ella Fitzgerald as her model. For her 2013 album Redescobrir she was finally persuaded to perform and record songs her mother had sung.

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, she performed in London for the first time, with a production by Tuba Productions and JungleDrums Magazine.


Studio Albums
Album Title Album details Peak chart positions
Maria Rita
  • Released: September 9, 2003
  • Label: Warner Music
  • Format: CD, DVD, LP, DD
5 3 20[2] 1
  • Released: September 9, 2005
  • Label: Warner Music
  • Format: CD, DVD, DD
5 5
Samba Meu
  • Released: September 9, 2007
  • Label: Warner Music
  • Format: CD, DD
10 13
  • Released: September 22, 2011
  • Label: Warner Music
  • Format: CD, LP, DD
9 10
Coração a Batucar 1
Live Albums
Album Title Album details Peak chart positions
Redescobrir 9 30
Coração a Batucar - Edição Especial (Ao Vivo) 1
O Samba Em Mim: Ao Vivo na Lapa[3]
Video Albums
Album Title Album details Peak chart positions
Maria Rita 2
Segundo: Ao Vivo 15
Samba Meu: Ao Vivo
Redescobrir 13
O Samba em Mim - Ao Vivo na Lapa
Album Title Album details
Perfil 17


List of singles as lead artist, with selected chart positions, showing year released and album name
Title Year Peak chart positions Album
"A Festa" 2003 9 Maria Rita
"Encontros E Despedidas" 2004 34
"Caminho Das Águas" 2005 21 Segundo
"Tá Perdoado" 2007 3 Samba Meu
"O Homem Falou" 2008 54
"Coração Em Desalinho" 2011 19 Elo
"Pra Matar Meu Coração"
"Me Deixas Louca" 2012 37 Redescobrir
"Rumo ao Infinito" 2014 Coração A Batucar
"É Corpo, É Alma, É Religião" 2015
""Bola Pra Frente (Ao Vivo)" 2016 O Samba Em Mim - Ao Vivo Na Lapa

As guest

Awards and nominations[edit]

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
2014 Result
Best Samba/Pagode Album - Coração a Batucar[5] 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.


  1. ^ a b "Portuguese Charts – Maria Rita discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  2. ^ "Finnish Charts – Maria Rita – Maria Rita". Hung Medien. Retrieved December 6, 2017.
  3. ^ "Maria Rita | Album Discography | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  4. ^ "Maria Rita | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  5. ^ Wang, Andrea; Brown, Tracy (24 September 2014). "Latin Grammys 2014: Complete list of nominees". Los Angeles Times. Tribune Company. Retrieved 29 September 2014.

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