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Recorded after a two-year political exile in London, this 1972 set saw a recharged and reenergized Gilberto Gil abandon the experimental excesses of Tropicália for a more straight-ahead pop sound. There are still some Beatlesesque rockers, including the coy “Back in Bahia” and the Gal Costa-voiced “Sai do Sereno.” But Gil mostly carves out a new space for authentic Brazilian sounds, as on the breezy samba “Chiclete Com Banana” and the swinging chorro of the title track.


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 of the '60s was earning a living as...
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