The national hero of Brazil, the native land he served as minister of culture, this man of conviction has led a brilliant career for over four decades. A major figure in redefining Brazilian popular music (along with being its global ambassador), he boasts over 30 albums in his repertoire and has sold 5 million copies. A gifted singer and guitarist, Gil has no equal in finessing rhythms as complex as they are seductive. He returns four years after his last Festival performance. One of five budding artists selected by Radio-Canada as part of the Révélations 2012-2013 showcase, talented Brazil-born singer-songwriter Rômmel Ribeiro will be opening for Gil.