Famous Brazilian singer Gal Costa has died aged 77

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Singer Gal Costa, an icon of the popular Tropicalia and Brazilian music movements who enjoyed a career spanning nearly six decades, died Wednesday. She was 77 years old.

His death was confirmed by a press representative, who provided no further information.

The soprano with wild curls of black hair was best known for lending her unique voice to compositions such as “Aquarela do Brasil” (Watercolor of Brazil) by Ary Barroso, “Dindi” by Tom Jobim, “Que Pena” (What a shame) by Jorge Ben Jor) and “Baby” by Caetano Veloso.

“Gal Costa was among the best singers in the world, among our main artists to bring the name and the sounds of Brazil to the whole planet,” President-elect Luiz Inácio da Silva wrote on Twitter alongside a photo of him. hugging in his arms. “His talent, his technique and his courage have enriched and renewed our culture, rocked and marked the lives of millions of Brazilians.”

Costa was born Maria da Graça Penna Burgos in the northeastern state of Bahia and came onto the scene alongside future legends Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Maria Bethânia.

All of them were already successful solo artists when they formed the band Doces Bárbaros. Their joint side project became an important counterculture reference during the two decades of military dictatorship in Brazil, inspiring a record, a tour and a documentary.

In 2011 Costa received a Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

She remained an active performer until almost the end, having recently suspended shows to undergo surgery on one of her nostrils. His next concert was scheduled for December 17 in Sao Paulo.

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