Gilberto Gil & Amigos: Refavela 40

Gilberto Gil & Amigos | © Paola Alfamor. 

Forty years after the release of his visionary album Refavela, Gilberto Gil is bringing tropicália to Berlin! He will perform together with singer Mayra Andrade, percussionist Domenico Lancellotti and an international ensemble of musicians on the roof terrace of HKW.

In the 1960s, Gilberto Gil combined bossa nova with the rhythms of rock ‘n’ roll like no other. Along with Caetano Veloso, he thus became a pioneer of tropicália. Their critical lyrics were a thorn in the side of the military government, leading to court hearings and eventually to their exile to London. After the end of the military dictatorship in 1985, Gil became more politically engaged and was even appointed Brazil’s Minister of Culture under former President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva in 2002.

With Refavela 40, Gil – one of the most successful musicians in South America today – puts another style-defining album of his career on the stage again. Produced in 1977 after his experiences in exile in London and a trip to Nigeria, in Refavela afro-Brazilian influences merge with funk, reggae and Afrobeat.

Gilberto Gil & Amigos | © Paola Alfamor. 

Now, with family members, friends, and colleagues, Gil is celebrating the album’s fortieth anniversary, joined by, among others, the singer Mayra Andrade, who enchanted the HKW audience with son, bossa nova and Cape Verdean melodies at Wassermusik Lusofonia in 2014.

Gilberto Gil has close ties with the tradition of large open-air concerts in front of or on the roof of HKW. He was a guest performer at HKW for the first time in 2006. In his function as cultural minister, he and soccer legend Pelé initiated the Copa de Cultura, during which he held a fabulous concert while Germany won the 2006 World Cup. Gil returned to HKW for a concert with a smaller band in 2009. Together with the cellist Jaques Morelenbaum and his son Bem, who will accompany him again this year, he played versions of his great songs in the String Concert program.

Refavela 40 with Mayra Andrade, Gilberto Gil, Bem Gil, Domenico Lancellotti, Chiara Civello, Mestrinho, and others.

Gilberto Gil & Amigos:
Refavela 40
Thu, July 19, 2018, 8pm
Haus der Kulturen der Welt 
John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10
10557 Berlin                       

Admission: 28€/24€
Children under 11 years free admission

Haus der Kulturen der Welt is supported by the Federal Government Commissioner for Culture and the Media and the Federal Foreign Office.
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