Gal Costa

Genres: Jazz Latin Pop / Rock World Music
Descriptive "tags": bossa nova brazilian mpb tropicalia female vocalists brasil brazil Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Maria da Graça Costa Penna Burgos, 26 September 1945, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. Costa is the most illustrious female singer of the tropicália movement, a chameleonic performer who has been equal parts hippie, sex symbol, carnival participant and political activist. From the start of her musical career in the mid-60s, she had some pretty illustrious classmates: Caetano Veloso and Maria Bethânia, who, in turn, introduced her to Gilberto Gil. It was an explosive team, eager to share creative ideas and participate on each other’s records. When Veloso and Gil chose European exile over Brazil’s castrating dictatorship, Costa kept the flame alive by performing songs they sent to her. She also kept in touch with the young rockers of the late 60s, recording tunes by artists including Erasmo Carlos and Roberto Carlos. In 1973, the album cover of Costa’s Índia was censored because the image of the singer in a red bikini was considered...

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