Author and music journalist Dave Tomar has compiled a fascinating list of the 50 most important musicians alive today . Ranging from the likes of Jimmy Cliff to Jay-Z , from Modonna to Nana Mouskouri the list attempts to encapsulate the important names from the passed century of music , ranked through their perceived influence , representativeness and relevance.

On the list is Bossa Nova’s own Joao Gilberto. Ranked at number 22 , he is described as ,”among the most pivotal figures in Brazil’s rich musical history.” Charting his development of the genre , along with his work with the late Tom Jobim as well as popularising the form in North America.

Joao Gilberto