Joao Gilberto Falls On Hard Times

by Brazil Club - Let The Music Take You There on 07/06/2017 - 11:27 am

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The Father Of Bossa Nova Falls On Hard Times

Brazil’s nightly TV novelas love to reimagine history, but there’s a sad-but-true soap opera playing out in real time, involving one of Brazil’s legendary musical families. Folha de S.P. picks up the story:

Bossa nova star João Gilberto, 86, who has been facing financial difficulties, is being pressed in opposite directions by members of his family on whether or not to pay back a R$ 5 million (US$ 1.5 million) loan.

On one side of the argument is Claudia Faissol, the mother of Mr. Gilberto's youngest daughter. She believes that he should pay back the loan and has reached an agreement with the bank to broker the negotiation.

On the other side are his older sons: João Marcelo and Bebel Gilberto. They believe the contract's terms are exploitative and that Faissol has ulterior financial motives to settle, and have decided to hire lawyers to try to stop the negotiation.

"She tricked an elderly man. She belongs in jail", said João Marcelo Gilberto. "All the rates were settled between the bank and the lawyer who was in charge at the time", said Ms. Faissol.

In 2013, João Gilberto signed a contract with Opportunity and since he had canceled a tour back in 2011 it was a time of financial unrest. Since he had been given a million-dollar advance, he was sued and lost the lawsuit.



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A Tragic Loss

The article states, that “According to the contract, the bank now owns 60% of the proceeds from Mr. Gilberto's first four CDs.”

If we are to believe that the term ‘CD’ means ‘albums’, the these are not just any recordings. Joao Gilberto’s first four albums comprise the birth of Bossa Nova, including 1959’s ‘Chega de Saudade’, ‘O Amor, O Sorriso E A Flor’ (1960) and ‘Joao Gilberto’ (1961).

Joao Gilberto had earlier been awarded ownership of the recordings and was in the process of re-mastering them to properly reflect their original sound.

Here’s hoping that this story plays out to a happy ending for all concerned and that Bossa Nova’s first recordings remain in safe hands.