João Gilberto, father of Bossa Nova

He combined traditional elements of samba with contemporary jazz. The sound from the playing of the acoustic guitar along with his vocal style was identified as “a period of great optimism for Brazil”. No doubt, the composer, singer and guitarist João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira, aka João Gilberto (June 10, 1931 – July 6, 2019)  created Bossa Nova in the 50’s. Born in Juazeiro, Bahia, Brazil, at the age of 14 he took his first guitar and later formed his first band, “Enamorados do Ritmo”. He moved to Salvador de Bahia in 1947. During three years in the city, he left his studies to devote himself exclusively to music and at the age of 18 he began his  career at Rádio Sociedade da Bahia.

 

In 1956 he returned to Rio and reunited with old acquaintances, mainly with Antônio Carlos Jobim, who worked as a composer, producer and organizer with Odeon Records and who was impressed by Gilberto’s new guitar playing style.

Gilberto first married singer Astrud, with whom he collaborated on the famous recording of “The Girl from Ipanema”.

In 2000, Gilberto won the Best World Music Album Award at the 42nd Annual Grammy Awards for his work in the João Voz e Violão album. A year later, he was introduced to the Latin Music Hall of Fame. In Brazil, he was known as “The Mito” (The Legend).

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