Gilberto Gil brings Brazilian cool to Ashdod

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Monday August 19, 2013

From The Jerusalem Post

Gilberto Gil brings Brazilian cool to Ashdod
By: Herb Keinon

A Gilberto Gil outdoor concert on a muggy, midsummer Mediterranean eve has all the pick-me-up and refreshing properties of an overstuffed ice cream cone. And this particular ice cream, silky and smooth, was a delicious mix of Brazilian, Bavarian, bluegrass and Jamaican flavors.

Gil, 71, the dean of Brazilian music who actually served as the country’s minister of culture from 2003 to 2008, sauntered onto the stage at Ashdod’s spacious new amphitheater Tuesday evening and kept the audience’s feet tapping, and hands clapping, throughout a more than two hour performance.

Gil was one of the leading lights of what was known as Brazil’s Tropocalia movement in the 1960s and ‘70s, a movement that fused various musical ingredients from Brazilian and African rhythms with psychedelic rock and roll. And the fusion continues.

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