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Walt Disney Concert Hall Invites International Star Gilberto Gil

By O'Jay Burgess on Oct 22, 2012 06:12 PM EDT

Brazilian artist Gilberto Gil will perform at the home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic the Walt Disney Concert Hall on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 8 p.m.

Gilberto Gil is known as the grandfather of the "Tropicalia movement," in his home of Brazil. He is a singer and guitarist and plays the art of bossa nova, a fusion of Jazz and Samba a genre that the likes of American bassist and vocalist Esperanza Spalding also performs from time to time.

Gilberto Gil has over 50 albums to his name, he has claimed awards like Grammys and the Polar Prize and is Brazil's Minister of Culture for five years now.

Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil on June. 26, 1942 and began playing the guitar as a youngster. In his teenage year the Brazilian joined his first band.

"When I was only two and a half. I told my mother I was going to become a musician or a president of my country," Gilberto said.

The son of a doctor and an elementary school teacher a high value on education was placed on the musician and he attented the Universidade Federal da Bahia in 1963 where he was awarded his Bachelors degree in Business Adminstartion.

Gil personal life played a huge role in his music, as a political figure he was heavily involved in issues in Brazil and it comes out in his work.

The artist has even been jailed, he was been married four times and has smoked marijuana throughout his life and once said "that drugs should be treated like pharmaceuticals, legalized, although under the same regulations and monitoring as medicines.

The artist has a strong appreciation for performers such as the Beatles and Jimi Hendrix.

Gilberto Gil- Refazenda

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