João Gilberto, Bossa Nova pioneer, has died

João Gilberto, native of Bahia and pioneer of Bossa Nova, which put Brazilian popular music on record players in homes across the planet during the 1960s, has died aged 88 in his adopted Rio de Janeiro.

His cultural importance to Brazil, and indeed the world, is immeasurable.

We cannot think of a better tribute than listening to his own debut album, Chega De Saudade, in its entirety.


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