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Brazilian percussionist, Nana Vasconcelos, died

The musician from Brazil was known for his wide instrumental range and major role in free spirited jazz and world music of the 1970s and 1980.

Mar 10, 2016 08:08 IST
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Eight time Grammy Award-winning Brazilian percussionist, Nana Vasconcelos, died on 9 March 2016 in Recife, Brazil. He was 71.

The musician from Brazil was known for his wide instrumental range and major role in free spirited jazz and world music of the 1970s and 1980.

Nana Vasconcelos

He was a master of the single-string percussion instrument known in Portuguese as the berimbao (multi-toned Afro-Brazilian instrument).

The American jazz magazine DownBeat named Vasconcelos percussionist of the year every year from 1983 to 1991.

Nana who learnt music from his father and started playing drum kit at the age of 12 rose to prominence after he moved to Rio de Janeiro in the 1960s and started playing with Nascimento.

He is best known for collaborations with Brazilians Milton Nascimento and Egberto Gismonti, Argentine Gato Barbieri and Americans Don Cherry and Pat Metheny.

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