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Joao Gilberto

Joao Gilberto

1931 -

Origin: Brazil

Main instrument: Acoustic guitar/electric guitar

Genres: Jazz, Latin

One of the main architects of bossa nova, Brazilian singer and guitarist João Gilberto patented the genre's singular vocal and rhythmic signature. Being of a more reserved nature than brothers in arms Antonio Carlos Jobim and Newton Mendonça, Gilberto always seemed content to keep a low profile. From the early 1960s on, as he was making a name for himself in the United States, the musician chose to follow a non linear career path. Recordings and concerts came at irregular intervals, in keeping with this eccentric genius' whim. His reputation as well as his undisputed authority over musicians the world over earned him a most suitable nickname, O Mito - The Myth.


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