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Gilberto Gil & BaianaSystem

Back to Bahia

Gilberto Gil with his extended family at his home

Past meets present in this double bill of musical pioneers from Salvador Bahia.

Visionary Brazilian singer, songwriter and musician Gilberto Gil presents his new project Nós A Gente, which sees him on stage surrounded by his children and grandchildren – musicians, singers and artists themselves. Credited with shaping the musical landscape of Brazil via the Tropicália sound – a combination of pop, classical and bossa nova elements – his work is a celebration of Afro-Brazilian culture.

BaianaSystem bring a hi-energy mix of rap, dub and reggae: the Jamaican soundsystem colliding with traditional Bahian beats. All presented as a multimedia visual experience with the group’s film and artwork forming an essential part of their live show.

Admirers of each other's work and having previously collaborated, tonight the two acts will also perform together in a rapturous celebration of Bahaian music.

Tagged with: Contemporary music

Produced by the Barbican 

This event will start at the advertised start time and running times will be confirmed closer to the event

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Members enjoy priority booking for this show, discounts on selected shows & members-only events including pre-show DJ sets in the Members’ Lounge


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