Gilberto Gil & Cortejo Afro at Barbican Centre

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Brazil's iconic singer-songwriter Gilberto Gil returns with a new project - bringing the joyful, exuberant spirit of the Bahian carnival with him.

Tonight's performance premiered at this year's carnival, with Gil's charisma complemented by the rhythmic power of the visually stunning Cortejo Afro - the Bahian group who celebrate the African identity of carnival - Nucleo de Opera de Bahia and chamber ensemble Orquestra Nova Lisboa in specially commissioned arrangements from musical director Aldo Brizzi (who also conducts tonight).

Gil was one of the leading lights of the provocative Tropicalia movement that swept Brazil in the late 1960s, subsequently going from one of Brazil's biggest Pop stars to house arrest during his country's military dictatorship. 50 years on, his charismatic stage presence and soulful vocals still recall this radical spirit. Here he promises a life-affirming celebration of music and identity.

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Barbican Centre

Silk Street
+44 (0)20 7638 8891
Public transport:
Tube: Moorgate/Barbican Train: Liverpool Street

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