Marisa Isabel Lopes Mena, (Coimbra, October 25, 1984), better known as Mimicat, is a Portuguese pop and soul singer and songwriter. She won the Festival RTP da Canção in 2023.
She introduced herself to the world in 2014, but recorded her first album at the age of 9. Self-taught singer-songwriter from a very young age, she spent her teens between school and recording studios.
She participated, aged just 15 and with the artistic name of Izamena, in the 3rd semifinal of the Festival RTP da Canção 2001 with the song “Mundo Colorido”, but did not make it to the final.
She was the lead singer and author of most of the lyrics for “The Casino Royal”, a band by Pedro Janela, a composer and producer from Coimbra, and in 2009 she graduated in Sound and Image from the Escola Superior de Artes e Design das Caldas da Rainha.
In 2014 she presented her debut album, “For you”, edited by Sony Music Portugal, extracting as the first single “Tell me Why”, a song that was included in the soundtrack of the soap opera “Jardins Proibidos”. It was produced by Sérgio Costa (Ex-Bell Chase Hotel) and Luis Caldeira.
Author and composer of all her songs, she gave us a mature, warm and strong voice, characteristic of Soul / Pop, of Anglo-Saxon tradition, having been compared to Shirley Bassey and Adele.
In 2015, he performed on some of the biggest Portuguese stages (Festa do Avante, Sol da Caparica, Edp Cool Jazz, Meo Marés Vivas, Culturgest, among others) and debuted on stages in Brazil, at one of the biggest events in São Paulo, ” Virada Cultural” having been acclaimed by Brazilian critics and affectionately named “A Amy Winehouse do Tejo” by Jotabê Medeiros.
In 2016 she released two singles “Stay Strong” and “Gave Me Love”, in a Pop record, which will be included in the second studio album, to be released in 2017.
In 2023 she won the 57th edition of the Festival RTP da Canção, with the theme “Ai Coração”.