Gilberto Gil is elected immortal of the Brazilian Academy of

The musician from Bahia Gilberto Gil, 79, was elected by an absolute majority to occupy seat number 20 at the Brazilian Academy of Letters (ABL), last Thursday (11). Elected with 21 votes, the artist is the second black man to occupy a seat in the ABL, before the writer and professor Domício Proença Filho was president of the Academy in 2016 and 2017.

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ABL’s newest immortal thanked him on social media. “Very happy to be elected to chair 20 of the Brazilian Academy of Letters. Thanks to everyone for the support and thanks to our colleagues at the Academy for the choice”, wrote Gil, who was Brazil’s Minister of Culture in the two terms of the Lula government, between 2003 and 2008.

Gilberto Gil is one of the most recognized figures in Brazilian popular culture, author of classics such as “Refazenda”, “Esoteric”, “Expresso 2222”, “Realce”, “Divino Maravilhoso”, and many others. In more than 50 years of career, he was awarded nine Grammys and, in 1999, named “Artist of Peace”, by Unesco. In 2001, Gil received the title ambassador of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO).

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The poet Salgado Maranhão and the author and literary critic Ricardo Daunt also competed for a place at the ABL. Chair number 20 occupied by the artist once belonged to General Lyra Tavares, minister of the Brazilian Army who signed the Al-5 in 1968, for repression during the military dictatorship. Before Gil, the chair was occupied by journalist Murilo Melo Filho, who died in 2020.

In early November, Fernanda Montenegro, aged 92, was also elected to the Brazilian Academy of Letters with an absolute majority. The actress occupies seat number 17 in the ABL.

Source: BoF Rio de Janeiro

Edition: Clívia Mesquita

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