Brazilian Joao Gilberto considered the bossa nova’s father, died Saturday at the age of 88, confirmed his son, quoted by the US press.
“My dad died. His struggle was noble, he tried to preserve his dignity when he lost his sovereignty, “wrote Marcelo Gilberto on Facebook.
João Gilberto introduced the bossa nova style to the world in 1959, with the album “Chega de Saudade”. The new sound was a mix of traditional samba and modern jazz, brought together in Gilberto’s unique singing style.
He began collaborating with American saxophonist Stan Getz and released the album “Getz / Gilberto”, which was sold to millions of children and was awarded in 1965 with four Grammy trophies including the album of the year.
The album includes the song “The Girl from Ipanema”, which then reached fifth in the Billboard 100.
In 2017, Gilberto received an honorary doctorate in music at Columbia University.