It takes two to samba.

On Tuesday, fans of Brazilian music will have a rare opportunity to catch two of the undisputed masters of the genre in action at the Menora Mivtahim Arena in Tel Aviv.

Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil are fully paid-up members of the Brazilian musical pantheon. Over the past half century, they have individually garnered a bunch of Grammys and other awards, put out big-selling albums and performed at prestigious venues and festivals the world over.

The upcoming concert has been marketed under the snappy subtitle of Two Friends, One Century of Music, and that is pretty much bang on. The temporal aggregation for the two masters is accurate. The 72-year- old Veloso and 73-year-old Gil started out on their musical paths in the mid- 1960s. And the relationship part of the PR-oriented one liner is also true. Both septuagenarians hail from the Bahia area of Brazil, and they share a commitment to bettering society.


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