Brazilian singer Gal Costa died at 77

Mourning in the music world in Brazil: singer Gal Costa died at the age of 77. The information was confirmed by his press office.

The artist – reports the news portal G1 – had taken a break from concerts, after undergoing surgery to remove a lump in the right nasal cavity. Born on September 26, 1945 to Salvador de Bahia, Maria da Graça Costa Penna Burgos she was one of the greatest singers in the history of Brazilian music. She was on a tour in Brazil in which she revisited great hits of the 80s from the Brazilian popular music repertoire.

“The most important singer in Brazil” is gone: this is how the legend of Bossa Nova, João Gilberto, defined Gal Costa. She the artist died today at the age of 77. The cause of her death has not yet been disclosed. At first, it was reported that it had occurred in her home, in Sao Paulo, following a fulminant heart attack, but the news has in the meantime been denied by her press office.
According to several media outlets, Costa had taken a break from concerts after undergoing surgery to remove a lump in her right nasal cavity. For some months she had been on tour in the South American country, in which she revisited the great hits of the 80s, and she had plans to perform, starting from this month, also in Europe. However, the shows had in the meantime been canceled due to health problems.
Born on September 26, 1945 in Salvador de Bahia, Maria da Graça Costa Penna Burgos (this is her full name) was one of the greatest interpreters of Brazilian Popular Music (MPB). Her trajectory began in the 60s, causing a revolution in the recording industry for her powerful voice. She was just twenty years old and she participated in the album ‘Tropicália ou Panis et Circensis’ (1968), the first great work of the tropicalist movement, considered one of the most important works in the history of Brazilian music. She was very attached to other idols of the MPB, such as Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Maria Bethânia, with her three friends she formed the Doces Bárbaros group.
One of the milestones of his career, which has influenced green-gold music to this day, was ‘Fa-Tal’, a live album released in 1971. Among his most famous hits are the songs ‘Baby’, ‘Perola Negra’ , ‘Meu bem, meu mal’ and ‘Divino Maravilhoso’. The repercussions of his death in the world of Brazilian culture and politics were immediate. One of the first to appear was the composer Gilberto Gil, friend and partner of several songs of the Bahian singer. Message of condolence also from Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. “Gal Costa was one of the greatest singers in the world, one of our main artists to bring the name and sounds of Brazil to the whole planet”, the elected president of the Republic wrote on social media.

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