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Vinicius Cantuária

Vinicius Cantuaria

The early ’60s bossa-nova movement was a mesh of breezy Brazilian jazz and playful poetics that painted images of the “Girl From Ipanema.” While bossa nova defined the South American nation for many, it was criticized in Brazil for its passive escapism during a tumultuous political era that led to a 20-year military dictatorship.

Later, mavericks like Caetano Veloso (the Bob Dylan of Brazil) and Gilberto Gil stirred up an alternative music scene in the 1970s known as tropicalismo, which mixed bossa nova, The Beatles and progressive rock with seditious lyrics. Tropicalismo inspired an entire generation of singer-songwriters like Vinicius Cantuária.

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