Gilberto Gil

Gilberto Gil is a musician and former
Brazilian Minister of Culture. He
appears in the film Time for Change.

Gilberto Gil

A leader of the tropicalia movement in Brazil in 1967 and 1968, Gilberto Gil mixed native styles with rock and folk instruments. Because Gil fused samba, salsa, and bossa nova with rock and folk music, he’s recognized today as one of the pioneers in world music.

 Although known mostly as a guitarist, he also holds his own with drums, trumpet, and accordion.

His musical fusion of bossa nova, samba, and other styles was so revolutionary it frightened the country’s military dictatorship into arresting him, and that’s when he moved to Great Britain. The early ’90s saw Gil deepening his involvement in social and political causes in his native country, finding widespread support for his political stances, and he was elected to office in the port city of Salvador (aka the Black Rome), his hometown. In 2003, Gil began serving as Brazil’s Minister of Culture, and two years later, he received Sweden’s “Polar Music Prize” and a “Légion d’Honneur” from the French government. Gil continued to maintain a recording career throughout the 1990s and 2000s, including the 2008 release “Banda Larga Cordel.”

Gilberto Gil's films

Gilberto Gil


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