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Gilberto Gil

Gilberto Gil (born 26 June 1942) is a Brazilian singer, guitarist and songwriter, and the former Brazil’s Minister of Culture. Gil isbest known for his late 1960s tropicalismo recordings, including “Roda”, “Lunik 9”, and “Domingo No Parque”. Elis Reginarecorded many of his songs.

He began his career as a bossa nova musician, but soon began writing songs that reflected a new focus on politicalawareness and social activism, along with fellow singer Caetano Veloso. In the 1970s, Gil added new elements of African andNorth American music to his already broad palette, ...read more

Gilberto Gil (born 26 June 1942) is a Brazilian singer, guitarist and songwriter, and the former Brazil’s Minister of Culture. Gil isbest known for his late 1960s tropicalismo recordings, including “Roda”, “Lunik 9”, and “Domingo No Parque”. Elis Reginarecorded many of his songs.

He began his career as a bossa nova musician, but soon began writing songs that reflected a new focus on politicalawareness and social activism, along with fellow singer Caetano Veloso. In the 1970s, Gil added new elements of African andNorth American music to his already broad palette, and continued to release a steady stream of albums, including Realce andRefazenda. João Gilberto recorded Gil’s “Eu Vim Da Bahia” (“I Came from Bahia”) on his classic João Gilberto LP.

In 1969, Gil and Veloso, whose status in Brazil was, and is, equivalent to that of John Lennon and Paul McCartney in theEnglish-speaking world, were arrested by the military government of Brazil for anti-government activities. Upon their release,the pair both moved to London. Gil began playing with groups like Yes, Pink Floyd and the Incredible String Band, whilecontinuing his solo career. In the 1970s, he toured the US and recorded an English-language album. He worked with JimmyCliff and released in 1980 a cover of “No Woman, No Cry” (Bob Marley & the Wailers) that was a massive hit and introducedreggae to Brazil.

Gil continued recording, performing and involving himself in various social causes, and was eventually elected to office inSalvador, his hometown, in the early 1990s. His 1993 album with Caetano Veloso, Tropicália 2, featured a cover of a JimiHendrix song, “Wait Until Tomorrow”, and is regarded as one of his finest efforts since the late 1960s.

When President Lula da Silva took office in January 2003, he chose Gil to serve as Brazil’s new Minister of Culture.

During Ministry, Gil released his songs “Refazenda”, “Rebento” and “Refavela” under the Creative Commons Sampling License.

In May 2005 Gil was awarded the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm, Sweden. He was the first Latin American recipent of theannual award, which was given to him by the King of Sweden. Gil also performed four songs in an outdoors concert the daybefore the award show and again at the show with only two songs, accompanied by Jimmy Cliff.

In September 2005 he was awarded the Légion d’honneur from the French Government. This coincided with the Année duBrésil en France (Brazil’s Year in France).

His daughter Preta Gil is also a musician. « hide

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Gilberto Gil
1968

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