Caetano Veloso

North America, Asia, Australia, South America

Caetano Veloso is among the most influential and beloved artists to emerge from Brazil, where he began his musical career in the 1960s. Absorbing musical and aesthetic ideas from sources as diverse as The Beatles, concrete poetry, the French Dadaists, and the Brazilian modernist poets of the 1920s, Veloso – together with Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, Tom Zé, his sister Maria Bethânia, and a number of other poets and intellectuals – founded the Tropicália movement and permanently altered the course of his country’s popular music.

Caetano continues to be a major musical, social, and cultural force in Brazil, and an influential figure to musicians all over the world. The New York Times calls him “one of the greatest songwriters of the century.”