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Caetano Veloso and David Byrne

Caetano Veloso
Caetano Veloso
David Byrne
David Byrne
Caetano Veloso has often been called the "Bob Dylan of Brazil" and for good reason. He is among several influential singer-songwriters in the South American nation, including Gilberto Gil and Gal Costa, who got their start in the early 1960s, guided by the pioneering work of 1950s Brazilian superstar Joao Gilberto.

Veloso became a founding member of Brazil's eclectic and somewhat political tropicalismo pop music movement in the late 1960s. As he has matured as an artist, Veloso has not slowed down, continuing to embrace and incorporate a wide range of musical elements while keeping true to his Brazilian roots.

David Byrne is mainly known as a co-founder of the group Talking Heads. After the group disbanded in the late 1980s, Byrne broadly expanded his musical horizons, launching the Luaka Bop label in 1990 and focusing world music.

Related NPR Stories

View this item NPR's 'All Songs Considered' Feature on Veloso's CD A Foreign Sound

View this item NPR's 'Fresh Air' Interview: Caetano Veloso

View this item 2002 Artist Profile: Caetano Veloso

View this item 2002 Interview: David Byrne

View this item David Byrne's PowerPoint Art

View this item Ten-Year Retrospecitve: David Byrne's Luaka Bop

View this item 2001 Artist Profile: Caetano Veloso

View this item CD Review: Voloso's Livro (1999)

Web Resources

  • Caetano Veloso on the Web

  • David Byrne on the Web