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Gilberto Gil to take part in Rio 2016 opening ceremony

What you need to know about Brazilian national hero Gilberto Gil

Who is Gilberto Gil?

Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter who was born on 26 June 1942 in Salvador, Brazil.

He is the son of a doctor and a teacher and has been married three times and has seven children.  He is considered to be a pioneer of world music.

Gil’s musical style incorporates an wide range of influences, including rock and folk music, and Brazilian genres including samba, African music, reggae, salsa, and bossa nova.

From 2003 to 2008, he served as Brazil’s Minister of Culture in the administration of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.

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