Maria Creuza Silva Lima (born in Esplanada, Bahia, Brazil on 26 February 1944) is a brazilian mpb singer. Included in the list of her successes are songs like "Festa no terreiro de Alaketu" (Ant?nio Carlos Pinto), "Mas que doidice" (Ant?nio Carlos and Jocafi), "Eu disse adeus" (Roberto Carlos), "Pois ?" (Chico Buarque and Tom Jobim) and "Eu sei que vou te amar" (Tom Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes).
When she was two years old, Maria Creuza moved with her family to El Salvador. As a teenager, she excelled as the singer of the group "Girls", which earned her an invitation to perform on radio programs. She recorded songs in English after being hired by a local label
In 1966, Creuza performed the song "Se N?o Houvesse Maria" (composed by Ant?nio Carlos Pinto) at the festival "O Brasil Canta" ("Brazil Sings", from the now-defunct TV Excelsior). The following year, she sang "Festa no Terreiro de Alaketu" (also by Ant?nio Carlos) in the "III Festival de M?sica Popular Brasileira" (TV Record). That same year, she recorded the song and released a single that also included "Abolition" (Ant?nio Carlos). In 1969, the song "Mirante" (by Aldir Blanc and C?sar Costa Filho) led to Creuza winning a first place award for Best Performer and third place in the "IV Festival Universit?rio Popular Song" in Rio de Janeiro. That year, Creuza performed "Catend?" (Ant?nio Carlos and Jocafi) in the "V Festival of Brazilian Popular Music" (TV Record).
In 1970, Creuza was invited by Vinícius de Moraes to join him for a tour of Uruguay (Punta del Este, with Dorival Caymmi) and Argentina (Mar del Plata, with Toquinho). While in Argentina, Crueze, de Moraes, and Toquinho recorded the album "Vin?cius En La Fusa com Maria Creuza e Toquinho", which is considered to be one of the best LPs of live Brazilian music.