It was a night that will remain engraved in our music history, a night to remember on which we were able to appreciate an splendid demonstration of talent wherein two guitars, four microphones, two friends, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, a music loving audience, and a century of music and history had the spotlight this past April 10, 2016 on a night presented by AEG Live and local radio station 89.9 KCRW.
This intimate performance for thousands of music lovers took place at the Downtown Los Angeles based Microsoft Theater. During this performance we were able to listen to beautiful melodies in their native Portuguese and in Spanish which by the way we absolutely loved and couldn’t resist singing along. One of our favorite moments was when Gilberto Gil interpreted the song “Tres Palabras” by Cuban singer-songwriter Osvaldo Ferres and Caetano Veloso “Tonada De Luna Llena” by Simon Diaz, both in Spanish. They also sang their oldest composition together written by Caetano Veloso in 1963, titled “As Camelias Do Quilombo Do Leblon”, it was a great moment.
Cateano Veloso and Gilberto Gil have a really interesting and inspiring history together, both born in Bahia, Brazil, both singers, guitarists, songwriters, both were key figures in the Musica Popular Brasileira and Tropicalia movements in the 1960s, both were seem as “threats” to the political regime at the time and both were arrested and told to move out of the country, both artists did and after a few years returned to Bahia and continued their musical careers.
The great journey that Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil once began still continues and is currently taking them on a tour throughout different cities of the globe that include Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Porto, Lisbon, Zurich, London, and Rome to name a few . The “Two Friends, Once Century of Music” is a great journey wherein we are able to appreciate the talent of these two “Brazilian Kings” as we heard a women from the audience call them, au natural, just joined by their two guitars and the audience as choir.
As we listened to these great performers we were all connected to their history, their struggle, proving one more time that music is a powerful and inevitable connection wherein the barriers of time, color, race, and language are broken. Seeing these two great artists perform live was a true gift to the soul and to our hearts as their friendship and journey was palpable. We feel really fortunate to have been able to witness such amazing performances by these two “Brazilian Kings”. The concert ended with a song by Bobby McFerrin interpreted by Gilberto Gil “Don’t Worry, Be Happy”, which was a great way to say goodbye, until next time.
Follow these two amigos on their tour and journey via: Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso.
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By: Julieta Isela