Rio De Janeiro, Jul 7 (AP/UNB) — Joao Gilberto, a Brazilian singer, guitarist and songwriter considered one of the fathers of the bossa nova genre that gained global popularity in the 1960s and became an iconic sound of the South American nation, died on Saturday, his son said. He was 88.
Joao Marcelo said his father had been battling health issues though no official cause of his death in Rio de Janeiro was given. "His struggle was noble. He tried to maintain his dignity in the light of losing his independence," Marcelo posted on Facebook.
A fusion of samba and jazz, bossa nova emerged in the late 1950s and gained a worldwide following in the 1960s, pioneered by Gilberto and Antonio Carlos Jobim, who composed the iconic The Girl From Ipanema that was performed by Gilberto and others. His wife Astrud Gilberto made her vocal debut in the song.
Self-taught, Gilberto said he discovered music at age 14 when he held a guitar in his hands for the first time. With his unique playing style and modern jazz influences, he created the beat that defined bossa nova, helping launch the genre with his song "Bim-Bom."
By 1961, Gilberto had finished the albums that would make bossa nova known around the world: "Chega de Saudade," ''Love, A Smile and A Flower," and "Joao Gilberto." His 1964 album Getz/Gilberto with U.S. saxophonist Stan Getz sold millions of copies.
"It was Joao Gilberto, the greatest genius of Brazilian music, who was the definitive influence on my music," singer Gal Costa wrote on social media. "He will be missed but his legacy is very important to Brazil and to the world."
Born in Bahia in northeastern Brazil, Gilberto moved to Rio de Janeiro at a young age. He was influenced by U.S. jazz greats and recorded songs in the United States where he lived for much of the 1960s and 1970.
Over his career he won two Grammy awards and was nominated for six, and the U.S. jazz magazine DownBeat in 2009 named him one of the 75 great guitarists in history and one of the five top jazz singers.
An entire subsequent generation of Brazilian musicians, including Gilberto Gil, Chico Buarque and Caetano Veloso, are considered his disciples.
Journalist and bossa nova expert Ruy Castro called the death of Gilberto a "monumental" loss.
Castro wrote in his book "The Wave that Built in the Sea" that Gilberto loved soccer and was a fan of the Fluminense club, whose games he liked to watch with a guitar in his hands.
"He managed to create a mystique about him abroad, being who he was and not even speaking English," he told the Globo television station.
The musician had spent his final years wrapped in legal troubles, debts and disputes with his children. His last live performance was in 2008 and he canceled a commemorative show to mark his 80th year because of health problems.
With little interest in giving interviews, he'd become known as the "reclusive genius" in the streets of Leblón, the neighborhood in a southern part of Rio where he lived but was seldom seen.
His funeral is to be held on Monday. He is survived by three children.
Singer Daniela Mercury called Gilberto a "genius who revolutionized popular Brazilian music. He taught us how to sing in the most beautiful way in the world."
"Go in peace, maestro," she wrote.
Dhaka, Jul 6 (UNB)- Three outstanding personalities - playwright Kalyan Mitra, Professor Abdus Salim and actor Tareq Anam Khan were awarded the "Lok Natyadal Gold Medal of 2019" in recognition of their outstanding contribution to drama.
State Minister for Cultural Affairs K M Khaled distributed the award to the winners on Saturday on the occasion of 38th founding anniversary of Lok Natyadal.
The minister emphasized in his speech more variety and diversity in stage performances for the development of the stage drama.
Professor Abdus Salim and Tareq Anam Khan also addressed greetings from the awardees.
Liaquat Ali Lucky, Director General of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy presided over the function while Professor Syed Manjurul Islam was the guest of honor.
Popular theatre troupe Loko Natyadal organised the two-day commemorative program at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy to mark their founding anniversary.
The celebration started with their much-acclaimed production Sonai Madhab yesterday at the Experimental Theatre Hall of BSA which was directed by Liaquat Ali Lucky.
The troupe has produced 29 plays so far including 20 plays, 8 street plays and 1 musical.
The award was introduced since 1991 for the purpose of paying tribute to honest, devoted and intelligent playwrights.
London, July 6 (AP/UNB) — British artist Leon Kossoff, who painted his home city of London in all its moody, rough-edged glory, has died. He was 92.
Annely Juda Fine Art, which represents Kossoff, said he died Thursday after a short illness. Another of the artist's galleries, LA Louver in Los Angeles, also confirmed his death.
Born in London in 1926 to Russian Jewish immigrants, Kossoff grew up in the city's tough East End and served in the army during World War II before studying at St. Martin's school of art.
He is considered a member of the "School of London" group of post-war artists — alongside Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Frank Auerbach — who pursued careers in figurative painting regardless of changing artistic fashions.
Inspired by the Old Masters, Kossoff painted portraits of friends and family, but is best known for his urban landscapes of a gritty, war-scarred London. Streets, churches, swimming pools, subway stations and railway bridges were all rendered in dark-hued, thickly layered oil paint. Kossoff would often paint all day and then scrape off most of it in frustration, repeating the process day after day.
Annely Juda said in a statement that Kossoff "saw beauty in everything and everybody."
"His death robs us of one of Britain's greatest painters, but his work reminds us of the continuing potency of painting to comprehend the world in which we live," the gallery said.
Though never as famous as Bacon or Freud, Kossoff's works have sold for six and seven figures. A 1971 painting of London's Willesden Junction railway interchange fetched 1.39 million pounds ($1.74 million) at a Christie's auction last year.
Kossoff represented Britain at the 1995 Venice Biennale, and had a major show the following year at London's Tate gallery. His work has been shown around the world, including at London's National Gallery and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He was an honorary foreign member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
Funeral details were not immediately available.
Wapakoneta, Jul 6 (AP/UNB) — A small Ohio city is shooting for the moon in celebrating its native son's history-making walk 50 years ago this month.
The hometown of Neil Armstrong has expanded its usual weekend "summer moon festival" to 10 days of Apollo 11 commemorations . Tens of thousands of visitors — the biggest crowds here since Armstrong's post-mission homecoming — are expected.
There will be hot air balloons, '60s-themed evenings, concerts, rocket launches and a visit from five other Ohio astronauts. And "the world's largest moon pie," all 50 pounds of it.
Event planning began two years ago in a city of about 10,000 that has added nearly 3,000 residents since 1969 but retains that everybody-knows-everybody rural town feel. Jackie Martell of the chamber of commerce calls the moon landing anniversary an event that "just resonates for the entire world," and a continuing source of local pride.
Dave Tangeman turned 12 on July 20, 1969, when Apollo 11 took Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin to the moon, and he and his family gathered around the black-and-white TV in their living room that evening to watch their neighbor. Hundreds of millions of people around the world were watching with them as Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface to make "one giant leap for mankind."
"It was just so unbelievable that somebody from this little town could accomplish something like that," said Tangeman, now transportation director for the local schools. He likes to joke that the town puts on a big birthday party for him every July.
Though Tangeman doesn't remember much else about his 12th birthday, he has vivid memories of Armstrong's triumphant welcome-home parade that Sept. 6, when most of the city of some 7,000 people joined tens of thousands of visitors to line the streets or climb onto roofs to see Armstrong, celebrities including entertainer Bob Hope, and the marching band from Armstrong's Purdue University alma mater.
"History will always record that the first person to set foot on the moon was Neil Armstrong from Wapakoneta, Ohio," said Dante Centuori, executive director of the Armstrong Air and Space Museum. "That's not going to change."
Armstrong was born Aug. 5, 1930, at his grandparents' farm just outside Wapakoneta. His family moved around Ohio before settling back at Wapakoneta for his high school years. Growing up some 60 miles (96.56 kilometers) north of the Dayton home of the aviation-pioneering Wright Brothers, young Neil was fascinated with airplanes from an early age, building models and hanging them up in his bedroom.
As a teen in Wapakoneta, he used earnings from an after-school job at a drugstore to pay for flying lessons, pedaling his bicycle a few miles every day to an airfield to practice his skills. He made his first solo flight at age 16, 20 years before he went into space for the first time inside Gemini 8 for what became a harrowing mission that he survived to make history in 1969.
Celebrations got started last October with a red-carpet gala for a special showing of "First Man ," starring Ryan Gosling and based on historian James R. Hansen's Armstrong biography, in the historic downtown Wapa theatre .
Downtown shops are well-supplied with T-shirts, coffee mugs, moon artwork and moon landing memorabilia to sell in the coming days. But the museum — with its moon base-shaped top visible from Interstate 75 — will be the centerpiece for activities around the anniversary, including a NASA livestream broadcast on July 19.
Centuori, the museum director who joined the facility in January, has been overseeing construction and remodeling to get ready for the expected influx eager to see planes and space artifacts associated with Armstrong. Those include the Aeronca Champion plane Armstrong flew as a teen, an F5D Skylancer plane he flew as a Navy test pilot, the Gemini 8 capsule he rode into space, and a small moon rock. The museum also will debut an expanded Armstrong education center for students to focus on science, technology, engineering and math.
The museum, which opened in 1972, also will unveil two of three new statues in town honoring Armstrong. Although James Rhodes, Ohio's governor at the time, began planning for the museum even before Armstrong was back on Earth, the astronaut himself preferred a low profile in his post-NASA years. He lived in the Cincinnati area until his death in 2012 at age 82.
In keeping with Armstrong's nature, the museum advises entering visitors that "Mr. Armstrong has never been involved in the management of this museum nor benefited from it in any way."
He did, though, embrace his Wapakoneta connection, telling his welcome-home crowd: "I'm proud to stand before you today and consider myself one of you."
Helping represent those who came after him in space at the celebration will be five of the two dozen other astronauts with Ohio ties: Michael Good, Gregory Johnson, Robert Springer, Donald Thomas and Sunita Williams.
Dhaka, July 6 (UNB) - Actor Terry Crews has credited the women, who came forward with their experiences of sexual harassment and launched the worldwide #MeToo movement, for giving him the strength and courage to tell his story to the world, reports The Indian Express.
In the aftermath of the sexual harassment scandal that led to the downfall of Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, Crews had revealed that a “high-level Hollywood executive” groped his “privates” at a party in 2016.
The alleged perpetrator was later identified as Adam Venit, head of WMEs motion picture group, who has since left the agency and taken a retirement.
During a discussion at the 25th annual Essence Festival, Crews said he did not report the incident immediately after it happened as he feared no one would believe him, reported Deadline.
“I did come forward right away. I went right to the agency where this man worked and told everybody. I didn’t go public right away. I gave them time to rectify the situation. I wanted them to get rid of this man…
“This was pre-Me Too. If I would have gone to the police, I would have been laughed out of the precinct. This was also a time when people believed that you as a man couldn’t be sexually assaulted. It was impossible to get anyone to believe,” the 50-year-old actor said.
The Brooklyn Nine-Nine star said he felt empowered and decided to share his story after the Weinstein scandal.
“When the women of the #MeToo movement came forward, I viewed that like a hole in the fence. I watched those women escape and I ran right after them. That is when I came public. With the inspiration and from the courage they showed, actually gave me the courage to come forward with my story,” Crews said.
The actor added that opening up about the incident with the world was “probably the most important thing I’ve ever done”.