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Revolution Rivoluzione Revolução

by Nilza Costa

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The World Music Report by Raul da Gama

Nilza Costa is an extraordinary Afro-Brasilian musician. She has a riveting voice that—in the Western music realm would be considered contralto—is mesmerising because of its sensuous almost physical quality in which Ms. Costa does not so much as sing the words of her songs as licks them and then tosses them out with an almost beautiful contempt and so steeped in sardonicism and irony that they pierce and hurt the consciousness. In her album Revolution Rivoluzione Revolução she is strident in tone, yet her music echoes with an African regality and grandeur that informs the music of Brasil. Brasil is not unique in Latin America for being influenced by African music and dance, but memories are short and many Latin cultures, such as Argentina, are even in denial about the influence of Africa. Brasilian music (and dance) without the African inspiration is simply impossible. Brasilian atabaque—the ganza, marimba and cuica as well as the berimbau (the soul of capoeira is almost certain to have come from the musical bows of Southern Africa) all have African origins. Nilza Costa’s music also further glues Brasilian music to its African origins. Her sambas, a dance form derived from of semba, (again from Bantu Southern Africa) are subtle and like the shuffling of dancing feet in and among a circle of friends and tribal communities. Ms. Costa’s music also recalls the fetishist chants and dramatic dances like Congos, Congadas and Quilombos, the nasal twang in the Brazilian singing voice, some choreographic steps are also Afro-Brazilian musical manifestations.

Nilza Costa’s rich and eclectic sound is boundless. Although it echoes with the rhythms of Salvador de Bahia, where she was born, it pulses and beats with a heart that beats for Africa, this rich (African) heritage underpins the expressions of Candomblé, Capoeira, Samba, Maculelé and Cantigas de Roda. Her notes and phrases are wrought with a voice dense with the emotion that is born under a Bahian sky but harkening back to Africa. The lasting impression of her vocalastics is deeply integrated by the gravitas with which she brings to her source material—“Africa” and “Afoxé do Amor” spring immediately to mind—and stand out almost as improvisational as if they were created on the spot. Ms. Costa can be rustic and emotionally sweet too as in “Soberanía Popular” and she can also breathe fiery dialogues with the instrumentation as she does on “Blues de Yansa”. Her singing can also be almost uncharacteristically lithe as the lines seem to flow like bubbling brooks. And finally, without sacrificing power and speed, she mines the lyrics of her deeply Africanised and beautiful music with delicacy and precise elegance. In fact, it feels as if Ms. Costa ultimately liberates the music`s ebb and flow with grace and fortitude. And this is perhaps the most profoundly beautiful aspects of this heart-stopping record by someone who is unabashedly African in her approach to Latin American music. The record is utterly memorable.

See more at: theworldmusicreport.com/2014/09/21/reviews/cd-reviews/nilza-costa-revolution-rivoluzione-revolucao/

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released May 23, 2014

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.

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Nilza Costa Bologna, Italy

Brazilian singer and songwriter Nilza Costa has come to Italy, bringing her explosive Afro-American metissage, weaved together with tribal echoes, rebel hymns and occult Candomblé visions. In Bologna, last stage of her itinerary, her debut album - Revolution Rivoluzione Revolução - was made: eleven tracks where Blues, Samba and Jazz are the background of Nilza's deep and solemn voice. ... more

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Track Name: Obanixà
OBANIXA
(Traditional Afro Brazilian song)

Obanixa re lo ke odo
Oberioma
Obanixa re lo ke odo
Oba, ko so aro
Aira, aira, aira
Aira o o le le
Aira o o le le
Aira o o le le
Aira o o le le
Aira o o oba
Nixa.
Track Name: Africa
AFRICA
(Lyrics and music by Nilza Costa)

Africa, abre as portas
pra diaspora passar
Africa, abre as portas
pra diaspora passar
ie, ie…

Deixa o teu povo sofrido
escravizado pelo sistema
tua gente nao è minoria
è arte, è amor, de uma euforia.

Cantando jazz,
cantando blues
cantando soul
se faz poesia
Africa
começo e fim
libera a sua paixao
que aflora desde entao
pois o momento è esse…
Track Name: Filhos Do Vento
BLUES de YANSÃ:
Music and lyrics by Nilza Costa.

Heia heheia, heeeiaa...

Encantos dos ventos e tempestades
dos raios profanos
è majestade
mistica guerreira
mulher de xango

oya, oya, oya
do rio niger è o orixa
espalhe esse grito
no vermelho do teu furor.

Hepa hei oya
hepa hei oya, oya, oya
hepa hei oya
eru re nikan ni bo (bis)

Yansa è a mae dos nove
nascida da agua e fogo
na batalha do dia a dia
exterioza a sua raiva
na arte de fazer amor
vendaval oya
sensual poder oya he...
Track Name: Soberania Popular
SOBERANIA POPULAR
(Lyrics and music by Nilza Costa)

Razao, è a soberania popular
estamos numa prisao a cèu aberto
o universo perdeu o encanto
a liberdade tem dias contados.

Evolution, revolution
evolution, revolution.

Populaçoes inteiras
perdem o controle
è extremismo, è ditadura
capitalismo, ai que loucura.
egestatem, potestatem
egestatem, potestatem.

Nos fazemos de anjos
tapamos o ouvido
e nao ouvimos a cançao
que vem do horizonte
beijando as estrelas.

Ewolucia, rewolucja
ewolucia, rewolucja
mapinduzi, mangeuzi
mapinduzi, mangeuzi
evoliozione, revoluzione
evoluçao, revoluçao!!!!!
Track Name: Blues De Yansa
BLUES DE YANSA
(Lyrics and music by Nilza Costa)

Heia, heheia, heeeiaa..
encantos dos ventos e tempestades
dos raios profanos
è majestade
mistica guerreira
mulher de xango
oya, oya, oya
do rio niger è o orixa
espalhe esse grito
no vermelho do teu furor.

Hepa hei oya
hepa hei oya, oya, oya
hepa hei oya
eru re nikan ni bo (bis)
yansa è a mae dos nove
nascida da agua e fogo
na batalha do dia a dia
exterioza a sua raiva
na arte de fazer amor
vendaval oya
sensual poder oya he..
Track Name: Pedra Do Pedro
PEDRA DO PEDRO
(Lyrics and music by Nilza Costa)

Fui ver o por do sol
na pedra do pedro
as ondas batendo nos rochedos
misturadas com areias
lembrei-me das perdidas paixoes
das idas e vindas
descendo e subindo ladeiras
esquecendo as maneiras
o, uo, o, uo, uo
o, uo, o uo,uo….

Nas primeiras horas
da noite percebo
que as luzes se acendem
sinto falta do calor
sinto falta do amor
vou afogar a alma
na tranquilidade dessas aguas
eie, ie
o, uo, uo, uo, uo
o, uo, uo, uo, uo
Track Name: Afoxe Do Amor
AFOXE DO AMOR
(Lyrics and music by Nilza Costa)

Nos becos apertados da Avenida Sete
vivi amores e encantamentos
descendo a ladeira de sao bento
aliviei meu coraçao.

Na praça castro alves que è do povo
hepa hei emojuba
subindo a Misericordia
me perdi no teu olhar.

Na praça da sè
bebi da tua fonte
atè chegar ao Pelourinho
de agogos e rumpilès
he emorio
Atoto ejuberu
Atoto ejuberu
atoto ejuberu
atoto ejuberu
Track Name: Inspiraçao Primeira
ISPIRACAO PRIMEIRA
(Lyrics and music by Nilza Costa)

Cuscuz, tapioca mingau e mungunza
Inspiraçao primeira
de um moreno de Itapua
‘e pedra bela de ponta
de origem tupi. (bis)

Que salta aos olhos
de quem è aprendiz
farofa, vatapà
pimenta e acarajè…

Tem cheiro de fubà
Vou fazer beiju beijar
tem cheiro de fuba
vou fazer beiju beijar voce.

Vou jogar o laço nele
me prender nos seus confins
No seu cheiro de canela
Aproveitar que è primavera.
Track Name: Calundù
CALUNDU
(Lyrics and music by Nilza Costa)

To na solidao
sem eira nem beira
procurei fulano nao o encontrei
atè beltrano me deixou na mao
quebrei o pau com o mano velho
gritei, chorei mas levantei. (bis)

Sò quero namorar
sò quero extravasar
minha agonia
agarrar-me nessa fobia
do teu corpo sedutor.

‘e de terra è de là
è de lua todo amor
è de noite è de dia
toda a culpa do amanha. (bis)

Quando bate o kalundu uh, uh
da vontade de dormir…

E' de terra è de là
è de lua todo amor
è de noite è de dia
toda a culpa do amanha.
Track Name: My Troubles
MY TROUBLES
(Lyrics and music bu Nilza Costa)

My troubles are the same as yours
you don’t need to scape
the road is always plenty of shapes.
washing dirty things in my home
at the end there is not end.

Let’s beguing earlier so we’ll
have a more time
trying to heal our wounds
at the same clain.

And the fever is opening our eyes…
my troubles are the same as yours.

The specter of lonliness touched my heart
this is an unaspected moment to hurt
the price is to high
we have no time to mind.

Because the fear sometimes like yours
the good side is not far.

The hapiness is at the end of the bar
if you extend your hands
you will be touching the blands.

You will be touching the blands.
Track Name: Lettera Della Terra
LETTERA DELLA TERRA
(Lyrics by Elena Benvenuti, music by Nilza Costa)
produced by Marco Benatti


Foglie fiori intrecciati e semi
custodisco e il fruscio del vento;
ciò che mi tocca resta
ciò che ha il coraggio di entrare
cresce.

Sono il porto che tutti riposa
accolgo con braccia mani e ventre
poi libero all’aria
sprigiono profumi
ciò che prendo restituisco sempre.

Io do rompendomi
ad ogni radice,
ogni ferita
una nuova vita.