Astrud Gilberto performing in the mid 1990s; she holds a microphone close to her face and has a wide patterned headband over her hair.


Bossa nova icon Astrud Gilberto, who died recently, was underappreciated in her native Brazil, writes Professor of Luso- Hispanic Studies Mario Higa in the Conversation. Gilberto burst onto the global scene with “The Girl from Ipanema” and went on to release 17 original albums.

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