Brazil loses one of its greatest songwriters to Covid-19

. May 04, 2020
aldir blanc brazilian music Aldir Blanc dies of Covid-19. Photo: Divulgação

Brazilian music has lost 73-year-old author and songwriter Aldir Blanc to Covid-19.

He had been in intensive care since April 15, when he tested positive for the coronavirus. His career spanned more than 50 years, including a body of work of over 500 song lyrics — including some of Brazil’s most popular hits, such as 1979’s “O Bêbado e o Equilibrista.” Immortalized by the voice of the late singer Elis Regina, the song was considered an anthem by opponents of the 1964-1985 military dictatorship.

Mr. Blanc lived in Rio de Janeiro, a state that has confirmed 11,139 infections and 1,019 deaths.

Newspaper Folha de S. Paulo compiled a selection of Aldir Blanc’s songs on Spotify, which we have published below.

Gustavo Ribeiro

An award-winning journalist, Gustavo has extensive experience covering Brazilian politics and international affairs. He has been featured across Brazilian and French media outlets and founded The Brazilian Report in 2017. He holds a master’s degree in Political Science and Latin American studies from Panthéon-Sorbonne University in Paris.

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