Caetano Veloso is one of the fundamental artists of the past and current centuries in Brazil, with a career that spans nearly 60 years. He is an exceptional writer who’s made a career in music. He is an intellectual who’s become part of the Brazilian collective unconscious with songs, quotes and looks. His songs have been featured in the soundtracks of films like Pedro Almodovar’s Hable con Ella (2002) and Julie Taymar’s Frida (2002). And he’s won nine Latin Grammy Awards and two Grammy Awards. However, If I had to mention just one of Veloso’s accomplishments it would be for his role, along with Gilberto Gil and others, of founding the countercultural movement tropicália. Also known as tropicalismo (tropicalism, in English), it was avant-garde in fusing the global and the regional, the high and the low art, creating a musical aesthetic that cracked the skulls of many at the time. It’s endurance as an object of interest and appreciation from audiophiles and researchers in Brazil and other parts of the world is proof of its continued relevance.