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Brazilian Percussionist Naná Vasconcelos Dies at 71

Played with Metheny, Garbarek, others

Naná Vasconcelos
Naná Vasconcelos

Naná Vasconcelos, the renowned Brazilian percussionist and vocalist known for his expertise on the berimbau-an African-originated instrument shaped like a bow-died in Recife, Brazil, March 9. The cause was lung cancer, according to reports in several Brazilian publications. Vasconcelos, who had been hospitalized for nine days prior to passing, was 71.

Vasconcelos was perhaps best known for his contributions to recordings by Pat Metheny, Egberto Gismonti, Don Cherry and Gato Barbieri, but he was also a prolific leader, having released more than two dozen albums under his own name beginning in the early ’70s.

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