March 20, 2010 |
For the Brazilian musical idol Gilberto Gil, the cultural always is the political -- and vice versa. It has been that way since the 1960s, when Gil and several artistic comrades were imprisoned and driven into London exile by Brazil's ruling military junta. Ostensibly, Gil and his colleagues, including Caetano Veloso , were guilty of stirring up the populace with a genre-shattering, socially alert, Afro-rock hybrid called tropicalismo . It was indeed a radical act in a country that takes music (and soccer)
August 1, 2008 |
Gilberto Gil has stepped down as Brazilian culture minister, saying he wants to dedicate more time to his music and his family. The Grammy-winning musician, who revolutionized Brazilian music in the 1960s as a founder of the Tropicalism movement, had been culture minister since 2003, when President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva started his first term in office. Gil, 66, tried to step down twice before, but Silva had persuaded him to stay. This week the president accepted his resignation.
June 28, 2008 |
Gilberto Gil has released more than 50 albums in his career -- the latest is "Banda Larga Cordel," which came out this month. That puts him about 45 ahead of Devendra Banhart, but the Brazilian musical icon, 65, and the Los Angeles-based folk-rock eccentric share a passion for eradicating distinctions among musical genres, as they'll demonstrate when they play at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday as part of the KCRW World Festival series.
June 27, 2008
KCRW fest: An item in Thursday's edition of The Guide previewing Sunday's Hollywood Bowl concert featuring Gilberto Gil and Devendra Banhart characterized the show as the kickoff to KCRW's 2008 World Music Festival. In fact, that festival began last week with the Thievery Corporation's show at the Bowl.
March 27, 2007 |
Brazilian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Gilberto Gil is so revered by his countrymen that, in 1992, President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appointed him minister of culture -- a position he holds to this day. Saturday's solo performance at Royce Hall was a rare opportunity to hear the icon's most renowned songs performed with voice and acoustic guitar, re-creating the recently released compilation disc "Gil Luminoso."
September 30, 2003 |
A recent banquet here honoring a visiting Brazilian dignitary was typical of such affairs -- the big hotel ballroom, the well-heeled audience and especially the glowing introductory speeches. But when the honoree took the stage, it was obvious he was no ordinary government official. The soft-spoken man seemed slightly uncomfortable with all the attention. He barely spoke more than a few thank-yous.