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.
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.