Arts and Culture 2011

Amy Holtcamp



Spoleto Highlight – Fabiana Cozza

Posted 6/7/2010 12:14:00 AM
Tonight was my last night at the Spoleto Festival and my trip ended with a bang. My husband and I just got back from hearing Brazilian songstress Fabiana Cozza sing at the Cistern Yard, a beautiful outdoor space on the College of Charleston campus, and it was magical.

This was Cozza’s U.S. debut. Her music is devoted to the samba, one of Brazil’s signature sounds. The samba has African roots and musically it’s a beautiful combination of rhythm and strings. Cozza’s pride in sharing her country’s music was evident in every note. Her warm personality and infectious smile draw you in; her clear powerful voice is astonishing, playful, or seductive, depending on the song. Cozza’s background is in dramatic and musical acting and she treats every song as if it is a scene. Even though all of her songs were in Portuguese, I felt that I understood every word because emotion infused in her delivery.

The Cistern Yard was the perfect setting for Cozza’s concert. The building’s tall columns were aglow with colored light in beautiful soft pinks and blues. Spanish moss cascaded down off the trees surrounding the stage, and romantic sounds of Cozza’s samba hung on the balmy summer breeze. It was a perfect ending to a wonderful week in Charleston.

To find out more about Fabiana Cozza visit The site is in Brazilian, but there are links to video and audio files of her songs on the home page. On a side note, if you are in Charleston next year for Spoleto, don’t miss an outdoor concert in the Cistern Yard – but make sure to bring some bug spray. It will make the experience a lot more enjoyable.

For more information about the festival, visit