Gilberto Gil: Gilberto’s Samba

Gilberto Gil: Gilberto’s Samba

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Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira (born June 26, 1942), better known as Gilberto Gil is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter, known for both his musical innovation and political commitment. From 2003 to 2008, he served as Brazil’s Minister of Culture in the administration of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Gil’s musical style incorporates an eclectic range of influences, including Rock music, Brazilian genres including samba, African music, and reggae. (wikipedia)

Gilberto Gil has been Brazil’s musical ambassador for 50 years. He was also a pioneer of tropicalia and brasileira, and for his Koerner Hall debut on the evening of Tuesday, April 7, 2015 he presented the music of his latest album, Gilberto’s Samba, which he recorded as a tribute to one of his major musical influences, one of the most recognized voices of the Bossa Nova mouvement, João Gilberto.

Gilberto Gil is a cultural treasure for his homeland, Brazil. His music and artistry have been intrinsically associated to the historical developments and socio-political issues affecting his people. One of the greatest exponents of Brazilian popular music, Gilberto Gil was joined by his son, Bem Gil (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, percussion), Domenico Lancellotti (drums, percussion, MPC) and Mestrinho (accordion, percussion).

Photos of Gilberto Gil by Atael Weissman (click on photos to enlarge)

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