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Wednesday, January 6, 1999 Published at 02:54 GMT

World: Americas

Rio airport named after father of bossa nova

Brazil has changed the name of Rio de Janeiro's international airport to honour the musician Antonio Carlos Jobim, who achieved worldwide fame with the song "The Girl from Ipanema".

At a ceremony, President Fernando Henrique Cardoso said the airport had been renamed to honour a man who did an incredible amount to promote Brazilian culture.

Jobim, who died in 1994, is considered the father of bossa nova, infusing jazz with the sounds of samba.

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