Essential Tropicalismo

Various Artists

Tropicalia, A Revolutionary Movement of Sound (Universal Music Latino, 2007)

The Tropicalismo (also known as Tropicalia) movement in the late 1960s was short lived, but it had a tremendous influence in Brazilian music. Combining politics and cutting edge music of the time, the intellectual movement introduced to music fans names such as Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa and rock band Os Mutantes. All these young musicians later became some of Brazil’s most reputable artists.

The pieces include in Tropicalia  show a wide variety of influences. The unmistakable Caetano Veloso uses late 60s pop arrangements and orchestral arrangements, while Gilberto Gil combines Afro-Brazilian music with rock and symphonic sounds. 

Rock band Os Mutantes has been around for decades and recently toured the United States. In the late 1960s, the group mixed psychedelic rock with Brazilian beats. Later, in the 1970s, the band evolved towards exquisite progressive rock.

Gal Costa shows her psychedelic side on "The Empty Boat" and "Divino Maravilhoso."

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Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.