Brazil Legend Gilberto Gil To Perform His Final London Show At The Royal Albert Hall In October 2023.
Nine-time Grammy-winning Brazilian icon Gilberto Gil has announced that he will perform his last ever concert in London at the Royal Albert Hall on October 11th 2023. The career-spanning set will see the visionary Brazilian singer and activist draw on a vast catalogue of music from down the decades as he celebrates his sixty plus years in music.
Hailing from Salvador in the northeast region of Brazil, Gil’s early repertoire centred around his love for folk-country sounds before being influenced by bossa nova in the late 1950s. He founded the Tropicália movement with fellow musicians including Caetano Veloso combining Brazilian and African rhythms with British and American popular music. By the 1970s, Gil became a political exile in London during Brazil’s dictatorship beginning a fifty-year association with the City.
Alongside music, Gil also served as Minister of Culture for Brazil implementing new policies around cultural development and diversity. His dedication led to accolades such as Artist of Peace by UNESCO in 1999 and becoming a FAO Ambassador.
Gil celebrated his 80th birthday last year with a European tour that featured his entire family on stage. The tour was filmed for the second season of the Amazon Prime series Travelling with The Gils, which will air later this year.