Bossa nova singer-composer Joao Gilberto passes away

Bossa nova, the Brazilian style of music that is all about new trends and novelty with the typical Latino rhythms has lost a pioneer. Joao Gilberto, singer, composer and influential musician who was considered to be a game-changer for Brazilian music, died at his home in Rio de Janeiro on July 7. He was 88 and had been ill, struggling with mental health issues and physical ailments.

Born in Bahia in 1931, Gilberto released the album Chega de Saudade in the late 1950s. It reflected his ethos of mixing traditional with modern sounds to make a new kind of music: Bossa nova. He collaborated with American saxophonist Stan Getz in 1964 to create an album (The Best of Two Worlds) that won awards and accolades all over the world. 

Gilberto was best known for his versions of Quiet nights and The girl from Ipanema. The world of music will miss him. 

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