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Subject: André Midani, Music executive who helped propel the Bossa Nova movement to the world

Dead at 86
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Date Posted: Friday, June 14, 04:45:06pm

Music executive André Midani, a towering figure of Brazilian music who helped propel the bossa nova movement to the world, has died in Rio de Janiero. He was 86 years old. The cause, according to published reports, was cancer.

Midani’s prolific career in music spanned more than six decades and had a tremendous influence in some of Brazil’s most fabled musicians, including Tom Jobim, Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso and Elis Regina. Later, in the 1990s as president of Warner International and Latin America, he also shaped the careers of artists like Maná, Luis Miguel and Alejandro Sanz, among many others.

Born in Syria but raised in France since he was three years old, MIdani began his career as a record salesman for Decca in 1952. He moved to Rio De Janiero in 1955 and fell in love with the country and its culture, eventually launching Capitol Records in Brazil under Odeon.

Early on, Midani realized there was no local music that youth in Brazil could identify with and devoted his energies to developing those musicians. After leaving Odeon, he launched his own Imperial Records in 1960, selling records door to door.

“When I met you, saw your eyes, heard the conversations, heard the songs and saw the lyrics, I felt I had to make a choice, a decision. And my decision was to design this company for you to have perhaps an easier path,” Midani told Gil and other artists in the documentary An Insider’s Story of Brazilian Music, filmed in 2015.

Midani would go on to work with virtually every Brazilian artist, promoting a wide range of genres, from tropicalia to MPB to Brazilian rock. As president of Warner Latin America, his influence extended to all genres of Latin music and he was a founding member of The Latin Recording Academy, as well as a member of its board of trustees. In 2014 he received a trustees award for his significant contributions to Latin music throughout his career.

“André Midani was a charismatic, larger-than-life human being,” said Latin Recording Academy preisdent and CEO Gabriel Abaroa Jr. in a statement. “His legacy will live on forever through the musicians he mentored and the music he helped create.”

On twitter, multiple artists paid their respects.
“Music man André MIdani has rested,” wrote Gil. “We’ll miss the boss friend.”


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