Gilberto Gill

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July 19, 2006 by cosmoakacitizensmith

Just after Brazil slid into dictatorship in 1964, Gilberto Gill released the song Aquele Abraco.

It was a kind of big shout out to Rio de Janeiro, then the country´s capital, to hold on tight. Kind of like An Open Letter to NYC by the Beastie Boys, which came out after September 11th.

Gil went into exile along with several other Brazilian musical luminaries. He and Caetano Veloso ended up in London, and their output at the time reflects this.

Like I said earlier, he´s now the country´s culture minister, and still a bit of a dude really…Check out the sounds!


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