Gil Luminoso is the only recording in the illustrious career of the foremost Tropicalista-turned-Minister of Culture to showcase his exquisite talent in the minimalist setting of voice and guitar. The album was recorded in 1999 and was packaged as a companion piece to the Bené Fonteles' book “GiLuminoso: a poética do Ser”. The album was released commercially in Brazil in September 2006 and March 2007 abroad.
Gilberto Gil was born in Bahia in 1942. In the 1960s, with fellow musician Caetano Veloso, he led the socio-political movement Tropicalia, Brazil's most significant cultural movement since bossa nova. Gil was exiled to England in 1969 by Brazil's military dictatorship and there he absorbed diverse elements of international pop culture that he translated to his own music. He has recorded 52 albums, including a tribute to Bob Marley titled “Kaya na Gandaya” which was released in 2002.
Gil is a frequent headliner at the major music festivals of Europe. For the last four years, Gil has taken some time off from his musical career to serve as Brazil's Minister of Culture. “Once I was the stone-thrower,” he says, referring to his opposition to the dictatorship whose power came to an end in 1980s, “now I am the glass.” Gil has initiated a number of interesting projects during his service in government and has raised the visibility for Brazilian culture around the world.