Naná Vasconcelos, 1944 — 2016

Brazilian percussionist Naná Vasconcelos, an eight-time Grammy winner, died in his hometown of Recife on March 9th. He was 71 years old. Mr. Vasconcelos performed and recorded with many artists, including Pat Metheny, Don Cherry, Egberto Gismonti, Gato Barbieri and Milton Nascimento, and introduced the berimbau to American audiences. The Afro-Brazilian musical bow has become more familiar as capoeira schools were established in many U.S. cities. The songs of that “fighting dance” are accompanied by the berimbau.


“Naná Vasconcelos, Daring Brazilian Percussionist, Dies at 71,” William Grimes, New York Times

“Remembering Naná Vasconcelos, renowned Brazilian percussionist,” Kierran Petersen, PRI


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