Tag Archives: Vinicius de Moraes

Final lap of the Olympics

He appeared at the opening ceremony in Rio, so I’m assuming he won’t be in tonight’s closing show too. But who needs an excuse to play some Gilberto Gil?  This is my favourite version of “Expresso 2222”, performed live with … Continue reading

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“Our carnival is over”

Poignant, beautiful, haunting. “Marcha da Quarta-Feira de Cinzas”, Vinicius de Moraes’s song for Ash Wednesday, posted on Twitter by Gilberto Gil. (There’s a translation of de Moraes’s lyrics here.)

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Remembering Tom Jobim

Yesterday marked the 20th anniversary of his sudden death, aged just 67.  I always regret not seizing the chance to meet him when I was in New York earlier in 1994, covering Verve’s 50th anniversary concert at Carnegie Hall. Jobim … Continue reading

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