Brazilian popular music legend, Gal Costa, passed away at the age of 77. The vocalist first gained fame in the 1960s when she and fellow musicians Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil led the Tropicália movement.
Her cause of death was not made public by her publicity team.
Following surgery, Costa had lately been forced to postpone a few performances but had intended to perform again in So Paulo the following month. President-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was among many to pay tribute to Costa on social media, referring to her as one of the finest vocalists in the world. He said; “Her talent, technique and audacity enriched and renewed our culture, rocked and marked the lives of millions of Brazilians,” he added.
He said that she was a key figure in establishing Brazil and Brazilian music as global phenomena. Costa has a long career and has made more than 30 albums. She was born in the Afro-Brazilian cultural hub of the state of Bahia in the northeast of Brazil.
Baby, Que Pena, Chuva de Prata, and Divino Maravilhoso are some of her best-known songs. Costa was a fervent supporter of Lula throughout his most recent campaign for president.
Just two weeks ago, she sent a photo to Instagram with the caption: “He won the Brazilian presidential election,” in response to the breaking news of his victory “Love won against hate! President Lula!”