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Brazilian bossa nova pioneer Joao Gilberto dies at 88

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Joao Gilberto was 88 years outdated. (AP Picture/Mary Altaffer, File)

Joao Gilberto, a Brazilian singer, guitarist and songwriter thought-about one of many fathers of the bossa nova style that gained international recognition within the 1960s and have become an iconic sound of the South American nation, died on Saturday, his son stated. He was 88.

Joao Marcelo stated his father had been battling well being points although no official explanation for his dying in Rio de Janeiro was given. “His struggle was noble. He tried to maintain his dignity in the light of losing his independence,” Marcelo posted on Fb.

A fusion of samba and jazz, bossa nova emerged within the late 1950s and gained a worldwide following within the 1960s, pioneered by Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim, who composed the enduring The Girl From Ipanema that was carried out by Gilberto and others. His spouse Astrud Gilberto made her vocal debut within the music.

Self-taught, Gilberto stated he found music at age 14 when he held a guitar in his fingers for the primary time. Along with his distinctive taking part in model and fashionable jazz influences, he created the beat that outlined bossa nova, serving to launch the style along with his music “Bim-Bom.”

By 1961, Gilberto had completed the albums that will make bossa nova identified world wide: Chega de Saudade, Love, A Smile and A Flower, and Joao Gilberto. His 1964 album Getz/Gilberto with U.S. saxophonist Stan Getz offered hundreds of thousands of copies.

“It was Joao Gilberto, the greatest genius of Brazilian music, who was the definitive influence on my music,” singer Gal Costa wrote on social media. “He will be missed but his legacy is very important to Brazil and to the world.”

Born in Bahia in northeastern Brazil, Gilberto moved to Rio de Janeiro at a younger age. He was influenced by U.S. jazz greats and recorded songs in the US the place he lived for a lot of the 1960s and 1970.

Over his profession he received two Grammy awards and was nominated for six, and the U.S. jazz journal DownBeat in 2009 named him one of many 75 nice guitarists in historical past and one of many 5 prime jazz singers.

A whole subsequent technology of Brazilian musicians, together with Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso, are thought-about his disciples.

Journalist and bossa nova skilled Ruy Castro known as the dying of Gilberto a “monumental” loss.

Castro wrote in his e book The Wave that Constructed within the Sea that Gilberto beloved soccer and was a fan of the Fluminense membership, whose video games he appreciated to observe with a guitar in his fingers.

“He managed to create a mystique about him abroad, being who he was and not even speaking English,” he instructed the Globo tv station.

The musician had spent his last years wrapped in authorized troubles, money owed and disputes along with his kids. His final dwell efficiency was in 2008 and he canceled a commemorative present to mark his 80th 12 months due to well being issues.

With little curiosity in giving interviews, he’d turn into generally known as the “reclusive genius” within the streets of Leblón, the neighborhood in a southern a part of Rio the place he lived however was seldom seen.

His funeral is to be held on Monday. He’s survived by three kids.

Singer Daniela Mercury known as Gilberto a “genius who revolutionized popular Brazilian music. He taught us how to sing in the most beautiful way in the world.”

“Go in peace, maestro,” she wrote.


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