Wednesday, October 3, 2012
I was looking through Fox Tucson Theatre's event calendar and saw that music legend Gilberto Gil is coming to town on Sunday, Oct. 28.
Growing up in Latin America, I heard Gilberto Gil's music everywhere: from the humblest streets to the fanciest dinner parties.
Gil's music is very dynamic. He started out as a bossa nova musician, but branched out to tropicália, samba and reggae. He has the right song for every mood; his voice is one of the smoothest I've heard; and he is an amazing guitar-player. A lot of his lyrics are a reflection of what it was like to be Afro-Brazilian during a time when Brazil was almost ashamed to have an Afro-Brazilian community, and ashamed of the African influence in the country. His music is a protest against injustices but also a manifest of how much he loves his country.
The singer also is heavily involved with Brazilian political movements. In the 1960s, the military regime that took power considered Gil a threat because of his social activism, so they arrested him and threw him in prison for almost a year. After he got out, Gil was forced to flee the country.
From 2003 to 2008, Gil was Brazil's Minister of Culture, which was a HUGE accomplishment because not many Afro-Brazilians have been able to infiltrate in politics.
I don't know if many people know him here in Tucson, but I strongly recommend checking out his show at the Fox Theatre. Nowadays, he rarely makes any appearances, and not many people have the bragging rights to say they have ever seen Gil live. Here is one of my favorite songs by him. The name is "Aquele Abraço" or "That Embrace."