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Astrud Gilberto spread bossa nova to a welcoming world – but got little love back in Brazil

By Mario Higa, Professor of Luso-Hispanic Studies, Middlebury
Astrud Gilberto didn’t set out to be an ambassador of bossa nova, the laid-back Brazilian musical genre with rhythms recognizable to music lovers around the world.

According to Gilberto, who died on June 5, 2023, at the age of 83, she wasn’t expecting to be on the 1964 recording of “The…The Conversation

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