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

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

Itamar Medeiros

Originally from Brazil, Itamar Medeiros currently lives in Germany, where he works as Senior User Experience Designer at SAP and promotes User Experience Design as visiting lecturer at Köln International School of Design. Working in the Information Technology industry since 1998, Itamar Medeiros has helped truly global companies in several countries (Argentina, Brazil, China, Germany, Hong Kong, Mexico, The Netherlands, Poland, United Arab Emirates, United States) create great user experience through advocating Design and Innovation principles. During his 7 years in China, he championed 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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