Tropicalia Legend Tom Ze Suffers Heart Attack
Tom Ze, one of the founding fathers of Brazil's tropicalia movement, suffered a heart attack following a Sunday night concert in a northeastern city, hospital officials said. The 65-year-old musicianTom Ze, one of the founding fathers of Brazil's tropicalia movement, suffered a heart attack following a Sunday night concert in a northeastern city, hospital officials said. The 65-year-old musician complained of chest pains after performing at the Abril Pro Rock music festival in Recife, 1,200 miles northeast of Rio de Janeiro.
Ze had an angioplasty to unblock one of his heart arteries and is to remain in the intensive care unit for the next two days for observation, according to a statement issued by the Unicords Hospital.
In the 1960s, Ze, along with musicians like Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, helped found the tropicalia movement which combined bossa nova and traditional Brazilian rhythms with international pop and rock'n'roll.
While Veloso and Gil became major stars in Brazil, Ze was largely forgotten until the '90s, when former Talking Head David Byrne released two of his records as part of his Luaka Bop label's the Brazilian classics series. Ze's growing cult following in the U.S. subsequently led many Brazilians to rediscover him. In recent years, he made rare live appearances in North America backed by the eclectic Chicago instrumental outfit Tortoise.
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