Dois Amigos, Um Século de Música: Multishow Live, a live double album from Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, is out now in North America on Nonesuch. The recording documents a historic reunion from the legendary Brazilian singers, songwriters, and guitarists. Recorded during a concert in Brazil in 2015, the album celebrates a lifelong friendship over the half-century careers of two artists who have broken cultural, social, and political barriers through music. They kick off a US tour this weekend, with stops in LA, Oakland, Miami, and Brooklyn.
Today marks the North American release of Dois Amigos, Um Século de Música: Multishow Live, a live two-disc recording from the legendary, Grammy Award–winning Brazilian singers, songwriters, and guitarists Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, on Nonesuch Records. This historic reunion celebrates a lifelong friendship over the half-century careers of two artists that have broken cultural, social, and political barriers through music. Dois Amigos, Um Século de Música: Multishow Live was recorded for television during a concert in Brazil last year, in the midst of the Dois Amigos tour. Gil and Veloso have, to date, performed for more than 135,000 fans at 44 sold-out concerts in 21 countries and 35 cities since beginning their tour last June in Amsterdam. Their US tour beings at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles this Saturday, followed by a concert at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland and two shows each in Miami and Brooklyn; see below for details or visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.
Jazzwise gives Dois Amigos four stars, calling it "a glorious celebration of Brazilian music, the art of the singer-songwriter, and an enduring friendship." To get the album now, head to your local record shop, iTunes, Amazon, or the Nonesuch Store, where CD orders include an instant download of the complete album.
Dois Amigos was reviewed last night on NPR's All Things Considered, which says that "simplicity is beauty in the new live album from Brazilian music legends Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil." In his review, NPR's Tom Moon explains: "It's almost startling to encounter music like this—refined to an essence, simple, graceful and complete." Hear the complete review at npr.org.
The new album features an entire concert, comprising 28 songs, including "Nine Out of Ten" in English; "Tres Palabras" and "Tonada de Luna Llena" in Spanish; "Come Prima" in Italian. Dois Amigos also includes "As Camélias do Quilombo do Leblon," a new song, available for the first time on this recording, which you can hear below, and longtime favorites from the artists, including "Coração Vagabundo," "Desde que o Samba é Samba," "Expresso 2222," "Esotérico," "Drão," and many others. The songs, which are mostly written by Veloso and Gil, are performed acoustically, as both duets and solo.
Reviews of the concerts have noted the intimacy between Veloso's and Gil's voices and guitars, with Reuters calling their Montreux performance "pure and poignant," and the Guardian calling it "historic … a classy and emotional performance," saying, "They are now in their early 70s, and they are still remarkable." Their friendship begin in the early 1960s, in Salvador, Bahia, and has endured many triumphs and difficulties over the decades: from their first, historic concerts at the Teatro Vila Velha to performances in music festivals, moves to Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, incarceration, and exile to London, among many other experiences.
Dois Amigos was produced by Veloso and Gil, with sound engineering by their sons, Moreno Veloso and Bem Gil. The album was released internationally earlier this year.
Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil hold very important roles in developing and keeping Brazilian popular music vibrant and alive around the world. Over 50 years, they have both developed extremely successful careers as singers, composers, writers, and guitarists.
Their importance to the culture of their country goes back to the 1960s, when they together created the Tropicália movement, which combined pop culture with traditional local music. Deeply critical of local politics and morality, Tropicália was eventually repressed by the authoritarian regime. Both Gil and Veloso were imprisoned and exiled.
Gil's albums have been released internationally since 1978, the year of his successful performance at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. He tours Europe, North America, Latin America, and Japan every year, with his contagious pop music sung in Brazilian Portuguese. Of his 60 albums, 12 have gone gold and five have been certified platinum; he has won seven Grammys and sold more than four million records.
Veloso has 49 albums and 400 songs in his catalog. He has released more than a dozen albums on Nonesuch Records in the United States, including Tropicália 2 (1994), an album with Gil celebrating 25 years of artistic/personal friendship. He has won two Grammys and 10 Latin Grammy Awards, among other awards.
Dois Amigos, Um Século de Música US Tour
|Apr 10||Microsoft Theater||Los Angeles, CA|
|Apr 12||Paramount Theatre||Oakland, CA|
|Apr 16||Bayfront Park Amphitheater||Miami, FL|
|Apr 17||Saxony Theater, Faena Hotel Miami Beach||Miami, FL|
|Apr 20&21||BAM Howard Gilman Opera House - SOLD OUT||Brooklyn, NY|
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