Carlos Tabakof, a seasoned music executive who was a tireless and enthusiastic advocate of music of all genres -- but who left an imprint most notably in Latin, Brazilian, jazz and world music -- died of cancer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on April 15. He was 45.
An avid music fan, Tabakof held multiple jobs in all aspects of the music industry, from management to concert promotion, beginning as a DJ at KZSC-FM when he attended the University of California at Santa Cruz.
Tabakof would become an international music marketing executive with a resume that included CMJ, MTV Latino, Verve, Sony/BMG and Warner Music Latina, where as Senior Director Strategic Marketing he curated numerous projects, including the exquisite "Chill Brazil" compilations and the avant garde, bilingual soundtrack to WN's children's show "Mucha Lucha."
Tabakof was most recently executive director for Feria Musica Brasil, an annual music business conference and festival. He is survived by his wife May Camargo.
His Facebook page is still active and friends have been posting notes and memories.