‘Father of bossa nova’ João Gilberto dies aged 88 – BBC News


Influential Brazilian musician João Gilberto has died aged 88.

The singer and composer was known best as a pioneer of the bossa nova genre, which found international popularity in the 1960s.

Reports say Gilberto died at home in Rio de Janeiro after a period of illness. His son confirmed the news of his death in a Saturday Facebook post.

“His fight was noble, he tried to maintain dignity,” Marcelo Gilberto said.

Born in the north-east state of Bahia in 1931, Gilberto began singing aged 18.[…]

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