Brazilian singer Gal Costa dies aged 77

Singer Gal Costa, a star in the popular Tropicalia and Brazilian music movement whose career spanned nearly six decades, has died at the age of 77.

The death was confirmed by a press representative, who provided no further information.

The soprano with big, wild curly black hair is best known for her unique voice in compositions such as Ary Barroso’s Aquarela do Brasil (Watercolor Of Brazil), Tom Jobim’s Dindi, Que Pena by Jorge Ben Jor (What A Shame) and Caetano Veloso’s Baby.

“Gal Costa is one of the best singers in the world, among our main artists bringing the name and sound of Brazil to the planet,” President-elect Luiz Inacio da Silva wrote on Twitter along with with a picture of him holding her.


Sergio Cammariere sings L’amore non si spiega with Brazilian singer Gal Costa during the Italian singing competition Festival di Sanremo in San Remo, Italy, 2008 (Antonio Calanni/AP)

“Her talent, technique and courage have enriched and renewed our culture, cherishing and imprinting the lives of millions of Brazilians.”

Costa was born Maria da Graca Penna Burgos in the northeastern state of Bahia and appears alongside future legends Veloso, Gilberto Gil and Maria Bethania.

All were successful solo artists when they formed the band Doces Barbaros.

Their joint project became an important countercultural reference during Brazil’s two decades of military dictatorship, inspiring a record, tour and documentary.

In 2011, Costa was awarded the Latin Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

She remained an active performer until near the end, she recently took a break from shows to undergo surgery on one nostril.

Her next performance has been scheduled for December 17 in Sao Paulo. Brazilian singer Gal Costa dies aged 77

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