Nilza Costa is a Brazilian singer and songwriter from Salvador (Bahia), a city located on the shores of the Atlantic Ocean and strongly influenced by “afro” traditions. Her passion for music is transmitted to her by her Afro-indigenous origin that accompanied her in Candomblé religious services, allowing her to approach the Yoruba culture. In Salvador da Bahia she appears as a solo voice in the choir of Igreja de São Lazzaro and in the scenic choir of Olodum.
You have been residing in Italy since 2006. Always supported by the contribution of exceptional instrumentalists from the Italian jazz scene, her artistic history has been enriched by numerous live shows throughout Europe and by illustrious collaborations.
A peculiarity of Nilza Costa is to combine the ancestral rhythms of Africa with some popular forms of Brazilian culture and religion such as Candomblé, Capoeira, Samba Duro, Maculel and Cantigas de Roda.
Her artistic work is a journey through a magical itinerary suspended between cultures and languages such as Yoruba, an ancient language introduced in the Americas by enslaved men of the African continent.
The current form of her band is composed of Roberto "Red" Rossi (drums, percussion and vocals), Daniele Santimone (seven-string guitar and electric, vocals) and Maurizio Piancastelli (trumpet and effects)