Caetano Emanuel Viana Teles Veloso is one of the most popular and influential Brazilian composers and singers. He began his career
singing Latin pop with a bossa nova edge, and he has cited his greatest musical influences from his early period as João Gilberto and
Dorival Caymmi. He soon began to fuse Brazilian pop with rock and roll and avant garde music resulting in a more international, psychedelic, and socially aware sound. Veloso's politically active stance,
unapologetically leftist, earned him the enmity of Brazil's military dictatorship which ruled until 1985; his songs were frequently censored, and some were banned. Veloso was also alienated from the socialist left in Brazil because of his acceptance and integration of non-nationalist influences (like rock and roll) in his music. In the 1980s, Veloso's popularity outside Brazil grew, especially in Israel, Portugal, France and Africa. In the United States, his records, such as O estrangeiro, produced by Arto Lindsay helped gain him a larger audience. By 2004, he was one of the most respected and prolific international pop stars, with more than fifty recordings available, including songs in soundtracks of movies such as Michelangelo Antonioni's Eros, Pedro Almodóvar's Hable con Ella (Talk to Her), and Frida, for which he performed at the 75th Academy Awards but did not win.
Official Website: http://www.sobs.com/
Added by suman_ganguli on August 27, 2007