Gilberto Gil

Gilberto Gil


A pioneer of the Tropicália movement, singer-songwriter Gilberto Gil has had a career spanning six decades and enjoyed hits in each one. Known for his musical innovation and political activism, the multi-talented 81-year old’s Aquele Abraço farewell tour will showcase his extensive repertoire of folk, samba, bossa nova, reggae, disco and funk with his family band. Tropicália was an artistic movement in the 1960s that opened traditional Brazilian folk music to other influences, and disturbed Brazil’s military government so much that Gil sought exile in London. Gil has recorded more than 60 albums, won nine Grammys and sold tens of millions of recordings worldwide. He was Brazil’s Minister of Culture from 2003 to 2008, and his work has been recognised by awards such as UNESCO Artist of Peace (1999) and France’s Légion d'Honneur (2005).

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