Gilberto Gil & Family – NÓS A GENTE
Last year, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by Berklee College of Music at its campus in Valencia and was appointed a member of the Academia Brasileira de Letras (ABL). In this year’s tour, the Bahian artist is surrounded by children and nephews who are musicians, singers, composers, and arrangers. This aspect is a free and intimate approach to music simultaneously.
Gilberto Gil is not only a myth of Brazilian popular music – he helped to bring this genre to excellent artistic levels – but a music legend in the world. Gil managed to merge the rich traditions of his country (especially the ones of Bahia) with the African roots, which are very deep in Bahia, and the new sounds (rock, pop, and reggae). This “internationalization” operation of the Brazilian culture took on the aesthetic and programmatic characteristics of Tropicália in the 60s, thanks to Gil, Caetano Veloso, Gal Costa, Os Mutantes, and more. This operation continued even during the exile of Gil, Veloso, and other exponents of that movement in the European countries after the military dictatorship.
This Bahian artist boasts an extraordinary artistic career: over sixty records, two Grammy Awards, and seven nominations). He is also an intellectual and politician: Gil was the Minister of Culture in Brazil, received the Légion d’Honneur from the government of France, was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace and FAO Goodwill Ambassador. He is a charismatic artist on the world music scene. He is loved for his generosity, is engaging on stage for the magic mix of samba, reggae, afrobeat, rock, funk, popular traditions, which has often thrilled the public of Umbria Jazz.
- Doors | 7pm
- Restaurant stage | 7:30pm
- Main stage | 9pm