Famous Brazilian Composers

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Antônio Carlos Jobim
(One of the Greatest Exponents of Brazilian Music and Primary Creator of 'Bossa Nova' Style)

Antônio Carlos Jobim
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Birthdate: January 25, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: December 8, 1994

Antônio Carlos Jobim was a Brazilian pianist, guitarist, composer, arranger, singer, and songwriter. He is credited with popularizing a style of samba called bossa nova by merging it with jazz with the help of American artists in the 1960s. He played an important role in creating the bossa nova style and is referred to as the father of bossa nova.

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João Gilberto
(Singer, Guitarist, Composer, Jazz musician, Jazz guitarist)

João Gilberto
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Birthdate: June 10, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Juazeiro

João Gilberto was a Brazilian guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He is best remembered as a pioneer of bossa nova and is sometimes referred to as the father of bossa nova. In 1965, his collaborative album Getz/Gilberto received three Grammy Awards including Album of the Year. In 2001, he was made an inductee of the International Latin Music Hall of Fame.

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Caetano Veloso
(Recording legend who became known for his role in the Brazilian artistic movement of the late 1960s)

Caetano Veloso
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Birthdate: August 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santo Amaro, Bahia, Brazil

Caetano Veloso is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, composer, political activist, and writer. Since his involvement in a musical movement called Tropicalismo in the 1960s, Veloso has remained a creative influence in Brazil. One of the best-selling performing artists of his generation, Caetano Veloso has received two Grammy Awards and nine Latin Grammy Awards so far in his illustrious career.

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Eumir Deodato
(Known for His Ability to Seamlessly Mesh Genres, Such as Rock, Jazz, Brazilian, and Orchestral)

Eumir Deodato
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Birthdate: June 22, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Eumir Deodato is a Brazilian composer, pianist, record producer, and arranger. He is best known for his 1973 instrumental Also Sprach Zarathustra (2001), which won the Grammy Award under the Best Pop Instrumental Performance category in 1974. It also peaked at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Seu Jorge
(Actor, Musician, Singer-songwriter, Composer, Screenwriter)

Seu Jorge
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Birthdate: June 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Belford Roxo

Seu Jorge is a Brazilian actor, songwriter, and musical artist. He is credited with renewing Brazilian pop samba and his musical work has attracted praises from several internationally-recognized musicians including David Bowie and Beck David Hansen. Seu Jorge is also known for his acting performance in films like The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou and City of God. 

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Heitor Villa-Lobos
(One of the Foremost Latin American Composers of the 20th Century)

Heitor Villa-Lobos
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Birthdate: March 5, 1887
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: November 17, 1959

Heitor Villa-Lobos was a Brazilian composer, conductor, cellist, and classical guitarist. He is widely believed to be "the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music." He was a prolific composer with over 2,000 orchestral, chamber, instrumental, and vocal works to his name. His music continues to be popular today, even six decades after his death. 

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Michel Teló
(Brazilian Srtanejo Snger-Sngwriter & Actor)

Michel Teló
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Birthdate: January 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Medianeira, State of Paraná, Brazil

Michel Teló is a Brazilian actor and singer-songwriter. He achieved international success in 2008 when his song Ai Se Eu Te Pego peaked at number one on many Latin American and European charts. The song was made popular by world-renowned footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo. It also earned him Song of the Year award at the 2013 Billboard Latin Music Awards.

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 8 
Vinicius de Moraes
(Poet, Singer, Composer, Journalist, Diplomat, Reporter, Writer, Jazz musician, Screenwriter, Songwriter)

Vinicius de Moraes
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Birthdate: October 19, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gávea
Died: July 9, 1980

Vinicius de Moraes was a Brazilian poet, essayist, playwright, lyricist, musician, singer, and diplomat. His compositions and lyrics played important roles in the introduction and popoularization of bossa nova music. Vinicius de Moraes is best remembered for his collaborations with popular musicians like Antônio Carlos Jobim. His play Orfeu da conceição was adapted into an Oscar-winning film titled Black Orpheus.

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Milton Nascimento
(Singer, Composer, Guitarist)

Milton Nascimento
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Birthdate: October 26, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro

Milton Nascimento is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. Over the course of his illustrious career, Nascimento has received five Grammy Awards. In 1997, he won the award under the Best World Music Album category.

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Amon Tobin
(Musician, Disc jockey, Composer)

Amon Tobin
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Birthdate: February 7, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro

Amon Tobin is a Brazilian composer, electronic musician, and producer. Tobin is renowned for his unusual methodology in music production and sound design. His music has been featured in many popular films including The Italian Job.

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Chico Buarque
(Known for His Music, Which Often Includes Social, Economic, and Cultural Reflections on Brazil)

Chico Buarque
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Birthdate: June 19, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Chico Buarque is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, songwriter, composer, poet, playwright, and writer. He is best known for creating music that includes economic, cultural, and social reflections on Brazil. In 2010, he received the São Paulo Prize for Literature. In 2019, Chico Buarque was honored with the prestigious Camões Prize. 

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Tim Maia
(Singer, Composer, Jazz musician, Guitarist)

Tim Maia
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Birthdate: September 28, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro
Died: March 15, 1998

Tim Maia was a Brazilian musician and songwriter best remembered for his ironic, iconoclastic, humorous, and outspoken musical style. Counted among the greatest icons in Brazilian music, Tim Maia is credited with pioneering sambalanço and introducing soul music in the Brazilian musical scene.  

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Eliane Elias
(Jazz artist whose numerous tours and recordings gained a devoted following among jazz aficionados and critics)

Eliane Elias
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Birthdate: March 19, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

Eliane Elias is a Brazilian singer, pianist, composer, and arranger. Her album Made in Brazil earned her the Grammy Award for Best Latin Jazz Album in 2016. In 2022, Eliane Elias’ album Mirror Mirror won the Grammy Award under the Best Latin Jazz Album category.

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Jorge Ben Jor
(Singer, Composer)

Jorge Ben Jor
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Birthdate: March 22, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro

Jorge Ben Jor is a Brazilian musician renowned for his characteristic style that fuses funk, samba, bossa nova, and rock with lyrics that blend satire and humor with often esoteric subject matter. Many of his songs, such as Mas Que Nada and Chove Chuva, have been interpreted by famous artistes like Sérgio Mendes, Caetano Veloso, Marisa Monte, and Miriam Makeba.

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Heitor Pereira
(Composer, Guitarist, Film score composer)

Heitor Pereira
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Birthdate: November 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rio Grande, Rio Grande do Sul

Heitor Pereira is a Brazilian composer best known for composing music for the famous Despicable Me franchise. He has also worked with world-renowned musicians like Elton John, Jack Johnson, and Rod Stewart. In 2006, Heitor Pereira received a Grammy Award under the Best Instrumental Arrangement Accompanying a Vocalist category.

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Rita Lee
(Singer, Musician)

Rita Lee
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Birthdate: December 31, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

Rita Lee is a Brazilian singer, writer, and composer. Lee achieved popularity as a member of the famous band, Os Mutantes. Over the years, she has become a popular figure in Brazilian entertainment, having sold over 60 million albums and participating in animal rights campaigns. Rita Lee published her self-titled autobiography in 2017, the best-selling non-fiction book of the year.

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Cazuza
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Composer, Songwriter, Poet, Writer)

Cazuza
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Birthdate: April 4, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rio de JaneiroRio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: July 7, 1990

Cazuza was a Brazilian singer-songwriter remembered as one of the greatest exponents of Brazilian rock music. Over the course of his nine-year career, Cazuza sold over five million albums and achieved 18 Top 10 singles in Brazil. He died due to a septic shock triggered by AIDS at age 32. His life inspired the 2004 biopic Cazuza–O Tempo Não Pára.

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Luiz Bonfá
(Guitarist)

Luiz Bonfá
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Birthdate: October 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: January 12, 2001

Luiz Bonfá was a Brazilian composer and guitarist best remembered for his work in the 1959 romantic tragedy film Black Orpheus. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest exponents of the emotionally charged samba-canção style that preceded the arrival of João Gilberto's subdued bossa nova style. Bonfá also worked with American musicians like Quincy Jones and Frank Sinatra.

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Carlinhos Brown
(Singer, Composer, Percussionist, Record producer)

Carlinhos Brown
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Birthdate: November 23, 1962
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Salvador

Carlinhos Brown is a Brazilian singer, record producer, and percussionist. He is best known for his characteristic musical style that fuses funk, soul, R&B, traditional Brazilian percussion, and reggae. Brown, who has won a couple of Latin Grammy Awards, is also known for his philanthropic activity. Carlinhos Brown has done much to improve the quality of living of his hometown.

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Baden Powell
(Jazz Guitarist)

Baden Powell
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Birthdate: August 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Varre-Sai, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: September 26, 2000

Baden Powell was a Brazilian guitarist and composer best remembered for his versatality. He often combined classical techniques with swing and harmony and performed in many styles, including Latin jazz, Brazilian jazz, bossa nova, and samba. Apart from performing on stage and composing pieces for guitar, Baden Powell also collaborated with other popular musicians like American flautist Herbie Mann.

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Luiz Gonzaga
(Singer)

Luiz Gonzaga
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Birthdate: December 13, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Exu, Pernambuco Exu, Pernambuco, Brazil
Died: August 2, 1989

Luiz Gonzaga was a Brazilian singer, songwriter, and musician. He is counted among the most influential figures of Brazilian popular music in the 20th century. He has been credited with spreading the rich north-eastern musical genres throughout Brazil. His contribution to Brazilian music has been phenomenal. He received the Shell prize for Brazilian Popular Music in 1984. 

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Laurindo Almeida
(Guitarist)

Laurindo Almeida
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Birthdate: September 2, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Miracatu, State of São Paulo, Brazil
Died: July 26, 1995

Laurindo Almeida was a Brazilian guitarist and composer. He was well versed in classical, jazz, and Latin music. Along with Bud Shank, he is considered one of the pioneers in the creation of bossa nova. In a career spanning over five decades, he made over a hundred recordings. He received Grammy Awards for both classical and jazz performances. 

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Carlos Cachaça
(Composer)

Carlos Cachaça
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Birthdate: August 3, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: August 16, 1999
Carlos Cachaça was a Brazilian composer who wrote over 500 compositions between 1923 and 1995. He is credited with co-founding a traditional Brazilian samba school called GRES Estação Primeira de Mangueira in Rio de Janeiro. Carlos Cachaça is also credited with pioneering the incorporation of historical elements into the samba-enredo.

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Dominguinhos
(Composer)

Dominguinhos
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Birthdate: February 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Garanhuns, Pernambuco, Brazil
Died: July 23, 2013

Dominguinhos was a Brazilian composer, accordionist, and singer. He developed a unique style of popular music by combining elements from European, African, and Indian music with typical Brazilian music. He was deeply influenced by the music of Luiz Gonzaga, with who he also performed. He was the recipient of many awards, including the Latin Grammy in 2002.  

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Aldir Blanc
(Composer)

Aldir Blanc
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Birthdate: September 2, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: May 4, 2020

Aldir Blanc was a Brazilian author of journalistic vignettes and chronicles. He was also a lyricist. He co-composed many songs in collaboration with singer-songwriter João Bosco and guitarist Guinga. A psychiatrist by training, he once had a thriving medical practice that he quit to pursue writing and composing. He died during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. 

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Moacir Santos
(Composer)

Moacir Santos
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Birthdate: July 26, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: State of Pernambuco, Brazil
Died: August 6, 2006

Moacir Santos was a Brazilian composer and multi-instrumentalist. He was also a music educator. Baden Powell, Bola Sete, and Wilson das Neves were some of his students. Santos was highly respected by his contemporaries in both Brazil and USA. As a composer, he often worked with Nara Leão, Roberto Menescal, and Sérgio Mendes.

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Braguinha
(Songwriter)

Braguinha
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Birthdate: March 29, 1907
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: December 24, 2006

Braguinha was a Brazilian songwriter and composer. He is best remembered for his marchinhas, songs sung during the Carnival of Brazil. Many of his marchinhas have become standards of popular music in Brazil. These songs have also been recorded by many well-known Carnaval singers such as Carmen Miranda.

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Ciro Pessoa
(Singer-songwriter)

Ciro Pessoa
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Birthdate: June 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Died: May 5, 2020

Ciro Pessoa was a Brazilian singer-songwriter, lyricist, guitarist, and journalist. He was one of the founding members of the influential rock band Titãs. He developed an early interest in music and began to perform in local music festivals when he was just 12. Throughout his career, he formed numerous musical projects and also performed solo.  

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Parrerito
(Singer)

Parrerito
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Birthdate: June 20, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: São Fidélis
Died: September 13, 2020

Parrerito was a Brazilian singer, composer, and guitarist. He achieved national prominence after becoming a part of the famous musical act, Trio Parada Dura. He was part of the group from 1988 to 2006, during which he helped popularize the ensemble. Parrerito died in 2020 after testing positive for COVID-19.

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Andreia de Olicar
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Birthdate: March 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Itaocara, Brazil
Died: August 9, 2020

Andréia de Olicar was a Brazilian singer, composer, and pastor. She is best remembered for her contribution to contemporary Christian music. Andreia de Olicar achieved popularity among evangelical gospel singers, who started recording her compositions. Songs from her extended play Sou Milagre have been sung in many evangelical events and churches since its release in 2014.

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Supla
(Musician)

Supla
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Birthdate: April 2, 1966
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

Supla is a musician who started his career as a drummer. He then established himself as a singer and formed a band named Zigue-Zague at age 17. After performing as the lead singer of the band for a few years, Supla went solo and has released many solo albums. Also an actor, Supla has performed in films and TV shows.

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Deborah Blando
(Singer and Composer)

Deborah Blando
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Birthdate: March 3, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sant'Agata di Militello, Italy

Deborah Blando is a Brazilian singer and composer. Blando has released six albums despite suffering from bipolar disorder, which has greatly hindered her career. She has also sold more than six million records worldwide and has achieved ten Top 10 singles and seven number one singles in Brazil.