In more than 50 years of career, Gilberto Gil will revolutionize the Brazilian music. And “Revolution” is the word that best fits the skin of this eternal militant who used his music and his words to defend the freedom of the Brazilian people. It is impossible to summarize in a few lines this extraordinary journey, but his committed action is one of the red threads of his career.
With Caetano Veloso, another figure of the Brazilian music, he will participate in the artistic and political movement Tropicàlia which puts in the heart of its protest: music, art and writing. Invented by the painter Hélio Oiticica, this mass movement is at the center of the protest against the repressive military regime put in place during the 1964 coup d’état.
Their struggle will pass by Tropicàlia or Panis and Circenses, an openly protest album recorded in 1968 with Tom Zé, Os Mutantes and Gal Costa. From then on, they were in the sights of the dictatorship, were arrested in February 1969 and spent three months in prison.
Exiled in England, Gilberto Gil will collaborate with Yes and Pink Floyd, among others. Back from exile, Gilberto, as an eternal activist, will defend, through his music, environmental causes.
From 1967 to today, Gilberto Gil, who will also be Minister of Culture, has recorded more than fifty albums with hits like Toda Menina Baiana, and Domingos No Parque.
Gilberto is a regular of the cinq continents and on the evening of July 25, surrounded by his children, all musicians, it will be a question of bossa, reggae and the songs of this eternal pacifist.
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Gilberto Gil : artist, vocals, guitar
Bem Gil : vocals, guitar, bass
Nara Gil : vocals
Flor Gil : vocals
Mariá Pinkusfeld : vocals
Jose Gil : vocals, drums
João Gil : vocals, guitar, bass
Francisco Gil : vocals, guitar
Leonardo Reis : percussion
Danilo Andrade : keyboards
Diogo Gomes : trompet
Thiagô Queiroz : saxophone