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Joao Gilberto, Brazilian Musician and Bossa Nova Pioneer, Dead at 88

Joao Gilberto, Brazilian Musician and Bossa Nova Pioneer, Dead at 88

João Gilberto, the pioneering Brazilian musician and composer credited as “the father of bossa nova,” has died at the age of 88.

Gilberto’s son João Marcelo Gilberto confirmed his father’s death Saturday in Rio de Janeiro in a Facebook post, “His struggle was noble. He tried to maintain his dignity in the light of losing his independence.” No cause of death was provided.

Gilberto is considered the progenitor of bossa nova, or “new beat,” a subgenre of the Brazilian samba that scaled back that style’s percussion and arrangements.

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