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Gilberto Gil

Gilberto Gil

1942 -

Origin: Brazil

Main instrument: Acoustic guitar/electric guitar

Genre: Latin

Born in Salvador, Bahia, on June 29, 1942, Brazilian guitarist and singer Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira rose to prominence in the late 1960s when he spearheaded the revolutionary Tropicalia movement with Caetano Veloso. Perceived as a threat by the authoritarian regime, both men were imprisoned before finding refuge abroad. Upon his return to Brazil, in the 1970s, Gil began recording a series of anthological records. During a career spanning four decades, the artist has redefined Brazilian popular music. Today, Gil remains a man of conviction and a gifted singer-guitarist, weaving rhythms as complex as they are deeply seductive. He served as Minister of Culture in his native country from 2003 to 2008.


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