João Gilberto: Brazilian ‘father of bossa nova’ dies aged 88

Brazilian musician Joao Gilberto, 77, performs in 2008 Image copyright AFP

Influential Brazilian musician João Gilberto has died aged 88.

The singer and composer was known best as a pioneer of the bossa nova genre, which found international popularity in the 1960s.

Reports say Gilberto died at home in Rio de Janeiro after a period of illness. His son confirmed the news of his death in a Saturday Facebook post.

“His fight was noble, he tried to maintain dignity,” Marcelo Gilberto said.


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