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What Brazil’s Master of Bossa Nova Left Us

João Gilberto, known as one of the fathers of the Bossa Nova, a musical style that originated in Brazil in the mid-1950s, has died at the age of 88. His son, João Marcelo Gilberto, posted on Facebook that his father had passed away on 6 July. His work included Bim-Bom, often called the first Bossa Nova song, and the Girl from Ipanema.

The Bossa Nova emulates the African-influenced samba tradition of Brazil, but at much lower volumes and without the drums and rhythm instruments associated with the samba. Gilberto, along with composer Antonio Carlos Jobim and poet Vinicius de Moraes, were responsible for much of the development of this new beat in the 1950s and 60s. The nature of Gilberto’s illness has not been disclosed.

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Bianca Wright

NSAM Managing Editor Bianca Wright has been published in a variety of magazines and online publications in the UK, the US and South Africa, including Global Telecoms Business,, SA Computer Magazine, M-Business,, Business Start-ups, Cosmopolitan and ComputorEdge. She holds a MPhil degree in Journalism from the University of Stellenbosch and a DPhil in Media Studies from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.

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