André Midani was a label executive, music producer, business leader and international music industry icon, above all in Brazil, Mexico and Argentina, but also in other countries around the world. His first career accomplishment was to advance the bossa nova movement, first in Rio and subsequently across Brazil, the region and the world.
His career spanned more than six decades. While working for assorted record labels, he influenced the lives and careers of such icons as Elis Regina, Gilberto Gil, Tom Jobim, Tim Maia, Caetano Veloso, Maná, Luis Miguel, Alejandro Sanz and Café Tacvba, among others.
He was a founding member of The Latin Recording Academy®, a member of its Board of Trustees, and in 2014, he received a Trustees Award for his significant contributions to Latin music throughout his career.
Midani further cemented his status as an industry leader by spearheading a very aggressive fight against music piracy throughout Latin America. He was instrumental in bringing together the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and the IFPI Latin America.
André Midani was a charismatic, larger-than-life human being. He was also a philanthropist and personal donor to the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation®. At The Latin Recording Academy, we will be forever thankful for André's friendship, selfless counsel, and unconditional support. His legacy will live on forever through the musicians he mentored and the music he helped create. Our hearts go out to his family and friends—and to all music lovers—during this difficult time.
Gabriel Abaroa Jr.
The Latin Recording Academy