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Gilberto Gil: Duetos

Gilberto Gil

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Gilberto Gil became Brazil’s Minster of Culture in 2003, but the great musician from Bahia has been a national treasure since the 1960s, when he was a key figure in the Tropicalista movement. Since then he has recorded numerous albums as a solo artist, and on Duetos, he teams up with more than a dozen Brazilian artists from various musical backgrounds. Gil and the bossa nova pianist Joao Donato get together on the super mellow “A Paz,” which features a nice whistling solo. On “Cada Macaco No Seu Galho (Cho Chua),” the host and his old Tropicalista buddy, Caetano Veloso, sing over one of the album’s fiercer drum tracks and a spiky guitar part. Veloso’s sister, the wonderful singer Maria Bethania, is the guest on “Alguem Me Avisou,” a cut with a joyous bossa nova groove. Gil joins the group Cidade Negra for “Extra,” a slice of Brazilian reggae with Middle Eastern touches, before hooking up with the late Chico Science on the dancehall-influenced “Maco.” “Sebastian,” a lush orchestral pop song performed with Milton Nascimento, the extraordinary singer/songwriter from Mina Gerais, is one of the album’s highlights.

Customer Reviews


gilberto gil is sooo amazing! wonderful beat, and great vocals. im impresed. even though i cant understand it i love it!--thats impressive. congrats!! btw- i got first review!!! peace


Pretty nice voice and i like the music in life goods




Born: June 29, 1942 in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Genre: MPB

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

A leader of the tropicalia movement in Brazil in 1967 and 1968, along with artists like Caetano Veloso and Gal Costa, Gilberto Gil and other musicians mixed native styles with rock and folk instruments. Because Gil fused samba, salsa, and bossa nova with rock and folk music, he's recognized today as one of the pioneers in world music. A multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, Gil joined his first group, the Desafinados, in the mid-'50s and by the beginning...
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