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Brazilian singer, guitarist and songwriter Joao Gilberto, considered one of the fathers of the bossa nova genre that gained global popularity in the 1960s has died at the age of 88, his son as confirmed.
Joao Marcelo said his father had been battling health issues though no official cause of death was given.
Struggle - Dignity - Light - Sovereignty - Marcelo
'His struggle was noble. He tried to maintain his dignity in the light of losing his sovereignty,' Marcelo posted on Facebook.
A fusion of samba and jazz, bossa nova emerged in the late 1950 and gained a worldwide following in the 1960s.
Genre - Gilberto - Antonio - Carlos - Jobim
The genre was pioneered by Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim, who composed the iconic Girl From Ipanema that was sung Gilberto, his wife Astrud Gilberto and others.
The music became an iconic sound of the South American nation.
Gilberto - Trilogy - Albums - Nova - World
In 1961, Gilberto finished the trilogy of albums that would make bossa nova known around the world: 'Chega de Saudade,' ''El Amor, La Sonrisa y La Flor,' and 'Joao Gilberto.'
His 1964 album Getz/Gilberto with U.S. saxophonist Stan Getz sold millions of copies and popularized bossa nova. Over his career he won two Grammy awards and was nominated for six.
'It - Joao - Gilberto - Genius - Music
'It was Joao Gilberto, the greatest genius of Brazilian music, who was the definitive influence on my music,' singer Gal Costa wrote on social media. 'He will be missed but his legacy...
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