Fans mourn João Gilberto at Rio de Janeiro funeral ANNA JEAN KAISER Updated 4:42 pm CDT, Monday, July 8, 2019

I should be in Rio right now as all brasileros are mourning their Prodigal Son. In Brazil the tradition is, just as it is in New Orleans, what a person of reverence passes on the way to the graveyard you’re singing hymns you’re in prayer and your morning. Once they have been interned to Mother Earth on the way back from the graveyard you’re dancing or singing you’re playing music and you’re having a festival of life for that person. It’s similar in Brazil I would love to be there but I can’t especially Rio and Sao Paulo! Few people are aware that joao Gilberto was one of my main Inspirations to pick up the guitar as a teenager in high school and I’ve never set it down since. So we have a special rapport me and Joao.. we are spirits in The Muse.  👀😣😔😒

Houston Chronicle
July 8th 2019

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Fans from around the world honored bossa nova pioneer João Gilberto on Monday, filing past his coffin at his funeral in Rio de Janeiro.

A small string orchestra and choir performed one of Gilberto’s most famous songs, “Chega de saudade” as his body was displayed in an open casket at the entry of Rio’s Municipal Theater.

Dozens of friends and family joined in and sang along, including Gilberto’s daughter Bebel Gilberto, also a singer, who smiled and cried while turning to hug and kiss her younger sister Luisa.

Earlier Monday morning, his wife Maria do Ceu stood alongside the body as fans passed through to say their goodbyes. Gilberto’s ex-wife Claudia Faissol was also present.

Huge funeral wreaths were lined up behind Gilberto’s coffin with banners that read, “To the master of masters, João Gilberto,” and “All the love for our genius, João.” One fan stood on the steps to the theater holding up a homemade sign that read “Go with God, João Gilberto.”

“His music reminds me of my teenage years,” said Graciela de la Torre, a 67-year-old fan from Argentina. “That smooth, rhythmical tone to sing, it’s so beautiful. … We used to dance with our boyfriends to this music.”

Josef Fitz of German said Gilberto’s art “was exciting. It was a special kind of music, a new kind of music.”

Jader Cruz, a 77-year-old from Rio de Janeiro, said he’s been listening to Gilberto’s music since he was 16.

“He will stay alive inside us, he will not die, his music will not disappear,” Cruz said. “He left a mark with that strength he had, that sweetness and love he put while playing, that is unforgettable.”


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