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July 29th, 2023 | 9:30 pm
Teatro Real | Main Hall
Gilberto Gil is one of the essential figures in Brazilian culture, both for his music and his artistic and political contributions. His career began in the 1960s as part of a new movement called Tropicalia, which, along with Caetano Veloso, propelled them to fame with their avant-garde style and socially conscious content, later leading to Gil's exile in London.
After his years in Europe, he surrounded himself with other world-renowned Brazilian artists such as Gal Costa, Maria Bethania, and Caetano Veloso himself, to embark on a new stage of seeking roots. During this time, he recorded the album "Doce bárbaros" with them, followed by other musical works in which he explored the essence of reggae and Afro percussion. "Rafavela," "Refestança" (recorded with Rita Lee Jones), "Nightingale," and "Realce" were among the phonographic references that Gilberto Gil released in the 1970s. Subsequently, he released albums such as "Um banda um," "Raça Humana," "Estoy loco por ti," "América," and "O eterno Deus mu dança," before his artistic collaboration with Caetano Veloso was revisited in "Tropicalia 2." On February 25, 1999, his live album "Quanta Gente Veio Ver" was chosen as Album of the Year in the World Music category at the Grammy Awards.
In the early 2000s, Gil was appointed Minister of Culture of Brazil by President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. After serving in this position for five years, Gil returned to the stage in 2008, although he never abandoned music. In 2006, he won his second Grammy Award with the album "Eletracoustic."
After touring extensively around the world during the past decade, this year Gilberto Gil celebrates his 60-year career with a worldwide tour titled "GILBERTO GIL & FAMILY 'AQUELE ABRAÇO TOUR'," where he is joined by family and friends to revisit his greatest hits. This tour will stop at the Teatro Real in Madrid on July 29, 2023, as part of the seventh edition of the Universal Music Festival.