Tropicalia

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The story of Brazil's popular music revolution of the 1960s, which was played out on television talent shows against the backdrop of an oppressive military dictatorship.

Tropicalia was the name taken by a small group of poets, singers and composers whose radical performances led to the

arrest and exile of their leaders Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil.

Will Hodgkinson tracks down the various members of this cult collective, visiting the cities of São Paolo and the northern state of Bahia, birthplace of Veloso and Gil as well as other

important Tropicalia artists such as Tom Zé and Gal Costa.