Legendary Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso to speak in Austin

Musician Caetano Veloso will speak in Austin on Jan. 9.
Photo contributed by Fernando Young

Legendary Brazilian artist Caetano Veloso, hailed as one of the world’s greatest songwriters, is among the featured speakers at the Modern Language Association’s annual convention in Austin, which kicked off on Jan. 7.

Veloso, a founder of the Tropicália movement, will sit down for an in-depth interview with Marjorie Gabrielle Perloff of Stanford University from 3:30-4:45 p.m. on Jan. 9 at the Brazos Room in the JW Marriott. “The Artist as Interpreter: An Interview with Caetano Veloso” is free and open to the public.

During the 1960s, Veloso reimagined popular Brazilian music by experimenting with new sounds and incorporating musical influences from near and far. The Tropicalía movement was born, but its political nature wasn’t tolerated by the oppressive military dictatorship that ruled Brazil at the time.

Veloso, along with fellow Tropicália movement musician Gilberto Gil, was forced into exile in London from 1968–1972. He returned to Brazil after that and has become an influential international figure, earning numerous Latin Grammy and Grammy awards. In 2012, Veloso was the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year.

Check out some of his famous songs:

Author: Nancy Flores

Nancy Flores is a features writer who covers general assignments including Latino culture for the Austin American-Statesman and Austin360.

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