RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The composer and singer Gilberto Gil, 79, was elected this Thursday, 11, to occupy chair number 20 of the Brazilian Academy of Letters (ABL). He was elected with 21 votes.
The musician from Bahia was chosen as the new occupant of the chair that became vacant with the death of journalist Murilo Melo Filho, on May 27, 2020. In the voting, Gil beat poet Salgado Maranhão (7 votes) and writer Ricardo Daunt (no votes). Seat 20 has previously been occupied by Salvador de Mendonça (founder), Emílio de Meneses, Humberto de Campos, Múcio . . .