Caetano Veloso, dubbed "one of the greatest songwriters of the century" (New York Times), is among the most influential and beloved artists to emerge from Brazil. Born in Amaro, Bahaia in 1942, he began his professional musical career in 1965 in Sao Paulo. In his first compositions he drew on the bossa novas of Jose Gilberto, but rapidly began to develop his own distinctive style. Caetano, together with Gilberto Gil, Gal Costa, and a number of other poets and intellectuals, founded a movement called Tropicalla. His music has evolved greatly over the years, incorporating elements of rock, reggae, fado, tango, sambo canao, baiao, and rap.

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