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July 6, 2019 – João Gilberto introduced bossa nova to the world in 1958: he created a new beat, with his unique guitar style, mixing traditional samba music with modern jazz influences. His music depicted a period of huge optimism in Brazil: an urban, industrialised country that was building a new capital and dreaming of better

His versions of songs like Quiet Nights and The Girl from Ipanema became standards in world music. For the past decade, João Gilberto lived alone in Rio, struggling with mental health and financial issues … The influential musician had not been seen in public for several years.

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