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Tropicalia CDs: Samba takes a trip

Jim Irvin, MOJO, 1998

ON THE DAY that man first trod upon the moon, Brazilian stars Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil were bidding a reluctant farewell to their homeland. Just before Christmas 1968, the dictatorship that had ruled Brazil since the coup of 1964, passed the first Institutional Act, a bill which effectively undermined civil rights and suppressed artistic expression.

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