Maria João is a singer/songwriter and composer.
Working alongside various producers and different projects through out the years and after various record releases across the globe, she has created a wide repertoire of knowledge, always pushing herself into different realms to discover more and more sensorial layers to make the music that will inspire her and others. No frontiers, no boundaries....
She has impressed many with her charismatic, versatile and sensual voice and her multi-cultural musical diversity has earned her a well respected reputation as an artist.
With an eclectic vision, infinite curiosity and a non-compromising attitude, Maria João continues her journey, learning and experimenting with sound and immersing herself in the world/global fusion music scene and entwining it with electronica.
- Johny Human and The Beings (Family Fodder founder) where it all started, a rock psychedelic punk cabaret duo, where Maria Joao and Alig took to the dusty road and performed their act to audiences all over.
- Glow, a 8 year old music affair with composer Pete Ardron. They have created a dedicated following and are still remembered to this day for their inspiring and uplifting live shows. www.glow.cx
- Kamel Nitrate - Nominated for the BBC World Music Awards as Best Band and Best Live Act 2003 & 2004 and an exclusive live set at Andy Kershaws BBC Radio 3.Here she also takes the role of manager/promoter.
- Ghostland (East West Records), Zohar, David Lowe (Dreamcatcher - Oval/Mango records), James Asher, Ali Slimani, Oojami, etc.
The Fleadh - Glastonbury festivals - Womad stages around the world - Larmer Tree festival - Donnington Off The Tracks - Big Green Gathering - Knockengorroth (Scotland) - Kingston Green Fair - Guildford festival, etc.
UK - Italy - Sweden - Switzerland - Amsterdam - Africa - Spain - Budapest - Portugal.
Barbican - China White - Momo - Bartok - Scala (London) - the Great Eastern Hotel - the Spitz - Cargo - The Troubador - Union Chapel - Whirl-y-gig - Synergy - The Crypt - Concorde2 - Darbucka - The Jamm, etc.
Maria João and The Sound Strippers is her latest creation, a solo project, bringing together a fusion of styles and languages of the world, a vibrant and sensual experience for all the senses - an acoustic embrance with technology.
The live show is a surprise every time, bringing in tribal dancers, wizards, guest appearances, live projections, a complete feast for the eyes, ears and feet, an immersion into a unique world of colour and sound which eases and teases the mind.
Like infamous comedian Bill Hicks said once : -Life is just a ride...just a ride...