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About: Nilza Costa @ Jazz Maastricht
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About: Nilza Costa@Cultuurhuis Heerlen (NL) 06/21/2105
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About: Nilza Costa @ Cultuurhuis Heerlen, Heerlen (NL)
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About: Nilza Costa @ Teatro del Sale, Florence (Italy)
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About: Nilza Costa @ Prokultura, Katowice (Poland)
Nilza Costa is a Brazilian singer and songwriter born in Salvador, Bahia, and her heart beats to African ancestral rhythms. In her singing, traditional forms of Brazilian musical culture, such as Candomblé, Capoeira, Samba, Maculê, and Cantigas de Roda, are transfigured and filtered in a striking and original way.

Nilza is the spokeswoman of the revolution of her people, who, also thanks to their music and spirituality, have found their way of emancipation. Her personal and artistic life is enriched by many live exhibitions and famous collaborations (among others, Roy Paci). Her debut album, "Revolution, Rivoluzione, Revolução," is a fascinating trip through the best World Music, and it mingles Afro jazz with Samba, Blues, and hypnotic voodoo atmospheres. Her deep and dark voice guides you through eleven tracks. The opening "Obanixá" is a prayer-invocation to one of the divinities of Afro-Brazilian syncretic cults. The CD goes on as a journey that from mythical calls of remote lands to manifesto-songs such as "Soberania Popular," which is a vibrant social and political denunciation, featuring rousing guitars in a Latin-gypsy key. Tracks such as "Blues de Yansã," "Pedra do Pedro," and the final track "Lettera della Terra" transition into more mysterious and dreamy atmospheres.

This album is a magic journey suspended between cultures and languages, in which lyrics in Portuguese, English, Italian, and Yoruba - an ancient idiom brought to South America by African slaves - are highlighted thanks to the excellent instrumentalists' contribution.

The album, produced in 2014 at Studio SoundLab in Bologna, Italy, features Peppe Siracusa and Alberto Irrera's arrangements, Giancarlo Bianchetti on the guitar, Carlo Atti on the saxophone, and Roberto Rossi on the drums, together with many other leading figures of Italian music.

Produced by Nilza Costa and Studio SoundLab

Published by FonoFabrique

Nilza Costa "Roots"

"Roots" is the second album of the Brazilian singer Nilza Costa, and it will be released in October 2016 by the FonoFabrique label. The ten songs of the album narrate with melancholy, religiousness, and poetry - but also with a strong dose of hope - the meaning of life of men and women torn from their homeland. Throughout the entire album, the Africanness of the singer's origins shines clearly, and it is artfully blended with some AfroJazz arrangements and with the Yoruba language, that characterizes its ancestry, its spirituality, and its driving and pervasive force.

The album was produced by Studio SoundLab, a cultural organization in Bologna, and by the band who accompanies the artist in her concerts: the drummer Roberto Rossi, who also worked on the arrangements, Federico Codicé, and Alberto Irrera.





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