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Salvador Sobral to perform with Caetano Veloso in the Grand Final

09 April 2018 at 21:00 CEST
Caetano Veloso will perform together with Salvador Sobral in the Grand Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. Fernando Young
During the Grand Final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest, last year's winner Salvador Sobral will perform on stage with Caetano Veloso, one of the most important names in the Brazilian music scene, Host Broadcaster RTP just announced.

The 75-year old Caetano Veloso has been active in the music scene since 1965 and began his career writing for the band Os Mutantes. The 1967 hit Tropicália, which Caetano recorded with Gal Costa, had a lasting impact on Brazilian music. As a consequence, Caetano Veloso became one of the founders of Tropicalism as cultural movement, mixing elements of traditional Brazilian culture with foreign influences to create a new form of art in Brazil.

Tropicalism also had a very strong political side which even led to Veloso and Costa being arrested. They both left Brazil a year later, going in exile in London.

Veloso returned to Brazil in 1971, released an album and toured the world, from Israel and Africa to France and Portugal. His work was also recognised in the United States.

In the 1990s, he returned to recording in other languages, experimenting with Spanish and Italian lyrics. Veloso won several Latin Grammy Awards and was distinguished with the title Person of the Year by the Latin Recording Academy in 2012. 

Last year, Veloso shared his profound admiration and support for Portugal's Eurovision contestant via Facebook, where he gathered over 2 million fans:

Currently, Veloso is touring with his three sons, Moreno, Zeca and Tom, in a show called Ofertório, debuting in Rio de Janeiro in October and reaching Europe this summer.

Salvador Sobral and Caetano Veloso's performance will join the acts that have already been announced for the Grand Final, which will take place on the 12th of May in Lisbon, Portugal.