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For Inspiration: Barbatuques’ “Ayú!” featuring Naná Vasconcelos

The American jazz magazine DownBeat named Naná Vasconcelos percussionist of the year every year from 1983 to 1991 […]

Acclaimed Brazilian percussionist Naná Vasconcelos has died at age 71. He worked over the decades with well-known musicians such as Milton Nascimento.

Naná Vasconcelos died of lung cancer on Wednesday (March 9th, 2016) in the northeastern city of Recife (a town I adopted as home back in Brazil) where he was born.

He was a master of the single-string percussion instrument known in Portuguese as the berimbau.

The American jazz magazine DownBeat named Naná Vasconcelos percussionist of the year every year from 1983 to 1991.

He started learning music with his musician father and by the time he was 12 he was playing a drum kit, performing at bars with local groups.

Via Barbatuques

By Itamar Medeiros

I'm a Strategist, Branding Specialist, Experience Designer, Speaker, and Workshop Facilitator based in Germany, where I work as Director of Design Strategy and Systems at SAP and visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design of the Cologne University of Applied Sciences.

Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, I've helped truly global companies in several countries (Brazil, China, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland, The United Arab Emirates, United States, Hong Kong) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles.

During my 7 years in China, I've promoted the User Experience Design discipline as User Experience Manager at Autodesk and Local Coordinator of the Interaction Design Association (IxDA) in Shanghai.

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