Tuesday, November 29

Brazilian singer Gal Costa dies, the velvet voice of tropicalism

The artistic and cultural world of Brazil, especially that of music, mourns the death of Gal Costa, one of the greatest voices in the country, who died this Wednesday at the age of 77 for reasons still unknown.

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Born on September 26, 1945 in Salvador, capital of the state of Bahia, she developed her musical career for more than 50 years, going through several generations today orphans of a woman who faced the conservatism of the military dictatorship (1964-1985).

Known as ‘the Muse of Tropicalism’, the artist was part of a unique generation that also founded the pillars of Brazilian Popular Music (MPB).

The singer-songwriters Gilberto Gil, María Bethania, Chico Buarque, Toquinho and Rita Lee, among others, lamented the death of the artist, who was recovering from a surgery carried out in recent days in which a nodule in her nose was removed and the had forced him to suspend the tour that would soon take him to Europe, as well as his concert at Primavera Sound in Sao Paulo.

Gilberto Gil, one of his closest friends and with whom they gave life to the cultural and musical movement known as Tropicalismo, along with Caetano Veloso and María Bethania, was the first to publicly react to his death. “Very sad and shocked by the death of my sister Gaucha,” the singer-songwriter wrote on his Twitter account.

María Bethania, sister of Caetano and another of the great ones close to Gal Costa, hinted at her sadness in a message recorded on a video. “I am in shock. It’s too sad, too difficult, ”said the singer with a broken voice in the video released by the G1 news portal. “The Brazil that she always loved, today she cries all over like me. A friend for whom I maintained admiration and respect despite the distance. May God receive her in the purest light of her,” she added.

The artist Chico Buarque remembered her by citing an interview they did to both of them in the OGlobo newspaper in 1996 and that he published on his Twitter account. “I make songs for Gal to improve them”, he published, in the message

The lament was joined by guitarist and also singer-songwriter Toquinho, who knew her from a very young age. “Gal, Gal, Gal….. What a loss. Much sadness. great voice Unmatched “(…) go in peace”, said the artist on Instagram.

Likewise, she was remembered with nostalgia by Rita Lee, the irreverent Brazilian rock singer. “Her name is Gal, the girl with the velvet voice. The forces of light be with you, ”she also pointed out on Instagram.

These voices were joined by other Brazilian artists such as Marisa Monte, Lulu Santos, Zeca Pagodinho, Ney Matogroso and many others who lamented the unexpected departure of the artist.

The president-elect of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, lamented the death of Gal Costa on Wednesday, whom he defined as “one of the greatest singers in the world.” – “Gal Costa was one of the greatest singers in the world, one of our main artists, and brought the name and sounds of Brazil to the entire planet”, Lula wrote on his social networks.


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