Gilberto Gil Tickets for Sale

Gilberto Gil is the most renowned Brazilian artist-singers, composers and instrumentalists of modern Brazilian pop music. He was one of the key figure in the Bosa Nova movement. Bosa Nova literally means "new wave" –a new music that blended together gentle Brazilian rhythms and melodies that permeated all around the world. He also began another musical movement with his good friend Caetano Veloso and marked the arrival of a new and extravagantly talented generation of musicians in Brazil. The movement was known as Tropicalismo and it sparked a whole renovation in all aspects of artistic manifestation in Brazil--cinema, cenic play, music, poetry, literature. Thus we can say that he is one of the pioneers in world music. He fused samba, salsa and bossa nova with rock and folk music. He is best known for his late 1960s tropicalismo recordings, including "Roda", "Lunik 9", and "Domingo No Parque".

Gilberto Gil was born on June of 1942 the city of Salvador, in the northern state of Bahia Brazil. Just after his birth, his family moved to the interior of the state, where he spent his childhood. He grew up listening to the street bands, radio and duels of violeiros, a kind of improvised musical battle of blind singers and guitar players at the local markets. At the age of 8, he went back to Salvador, where he was influenced by Trio Eletrico, a group formed by heavy percussion and typical electric guitars in Carnival time. Once he went to hear baiao played by Luiz Gonzaga and he got so influenced that he started to play the accordion.

At the end of the 1950's, Gil joined the group of Os Desafinados and with them was playing the forros, a kind of popular dance party. Once when he heard the singer and guitarist Joao Gilberto on the radio he was fascinated and bought himself a guitar and learned how to sing and play the Bossa Nova. This influence is dear in his first song, Felicidade Vem Depois. While he was composing and recording jingles for advertisements and starting out a career in music, he was also studying business administration. He was in the Nos Por Exemplo, a show of bossa nova and traditional Brazilian songs. The singers Caetano Veloso, Maria Bethania, Gal Costa and Tom Ze were also part of the show.

In 1965 Gil moved to Sao Paulo. After playing and singing in various shows, he got his first hit when the famous singer Elis Regina recorded his song Louvacao. He then recorded his first album, also called Louvacao. With the influences of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, his musical conception became more urban. The military regime in 1969 forced Gil and Caetano were forced to leave Brazil. However, before leaving the country, he sang the beautiful farewell song Aquele Abraco, in a concert they were allowed to give to all fans in Salvador. Gil and Caetano went on, to live in London.
Sorry, no upcoming events found at this time.
Gil began playing with groups like Yes, Pink Floyd and the Incredible String Band, while continuing his solo career. He recorded his first album in English..In the 1970s, he toured the US and recorded an English-language album. Back in Brazil in 1972, he recorded Expresso 2222 an album in which he returned to his baiao and samba roots. He worked with Jimmy Cliff and released in 1980 a cover of "No Woman, No Cry" (Bob Marley & the Wailers) that was a massive hit and introduced reggae to Brazil. In the following album, A Gente precisa ver o Luar ('81), one of his most acclaimed records, Gil pursued his experiences of "Refavela" and "Realce" blending elements of the international pop movement with local music expression. In 1982, Gil was back again to the Montreux Jazz Festival, but this time for the Reggae Night, with Jimmy Cliff.

In 1993, to mark the 25th anniversary of Tropicália as well as their friendship of 30 years, Gil & Caetano went to the studio and recorded Tropicália 2 that featured a cover of a Jimi Hendrix song, "Wait Until Tomorrow" and was an instant hit. He is regarded as one of his finest efforts since the late 1960s. He continued recording, performing and involving himself in various social causes. In the year 2003 Gil was chosen to serve as Brazil's new Minister of Culture. The post of ministry didn't stop him and he released his songs Refazenda, Rebento, Refavela and 'Oslodum' under the Creative Commons Sampling License. In 2005, he was the first Latin American recipient of the Polar Music Prize in Stockholm, given to him by the King of Sweden. He was also awarded the Légion d'honneur from the French Government in September 2005. His compositions are performed by national and international artists as Elis Regina, Gal Costa, Sergio Mendes, Claude Nugarot, Toots Thielmans, Ernie Watts, Larry Coriel and others. His daughter Preta Gil is also a musician.

Hear him perform just for you. Book your tickets now.
Newsletter Sign-up

Receive our latest exclusive offers and special deals

Our Guarantee