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Interview and Concert with Tropicalismo Musician Caetano Veloso.

Brazilian singer/songwriter Caetano Veloso (kah-TAH-no vah-LOW-sah). He's revered as one of the primary architects of "tropicalismo," - a 1960's cultural and musical movement that reevaluated traditional Brazilian music and incorporated non-Brazilian musical styles. Leftist intellectuals denounced his music for it's use of foreign influences. In the late 1960's he was jailed and exiled from Brazil for his participation in the musical movement because the government feared the social force it might have. In 1972 VELOSO returned his country where tropicalismo had altered Brazil's cultural and musical landscape. And it laid the groundwork for the current renaissance of Brazilian popular music. Veloso recently appeared on David Byrne's Brazilian music compilation, "Beleza Tropical." Veloso's newest album is "Estrangeiro," ("Stranger").

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Other segments from the episode on November 17, 1989

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, November 17, 1989: Interview with Lionel Hampton; Interview with Caetano Veloso; Review of the film "My Left Foot."

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