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Famous Guitarists from South America

Updated June 8, 2017 17.5k views109 items

List of famous guitarists born who were born in South America, listed alphabetically with photos when available. Many of these guitar players from South America are legends in the music world, each with their own innovative styles of play. If you play guitar, whether acoustic or electric, then these famous South America guitar players should be people you look up to. These are some of the best guitarists that have ever picked up the instrument, and whether they play rock, blues, metal or folk, these men and women are considered legends.

List ranges from Shakira to Juanes and more.

This list answers the questions, "What guitar players are from South America?" and "Who are famous South America guitarists?"
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  • 1

    Shakira

    Age: 43

    NationalityColombia

    BirthplaceBarranquilla, Colombia

    Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll (born 2 February 1977) is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, businesswoman, and philanthropist. Born and raised in Barranquilla, her first studio albums, Magia and...  more

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  • 2

    Teixeirinha

    Dec. at 58 (1927-1985)

    BirthplaceSouth Region, Brazil, Rolante, Brazil, Americas

    Teixeirinha, given name Vitor Mateus Teixeira, was a Brazilian musician. Teixeirinha is the diminutive form of the common Brazilian surname of Teixeira. Teixeirinha was born in Rolante, Rio Grande do...  more
  • 3

    Helena Meirelles

    Dec. at 81 (1924-2005)

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, Americas

    Helena Meireles was a Brazilian guitar player and composer. Born in Mato Grosso do Sul she was one of the most important composers of the folk musical style of this region. Considered to be the...  more
  • 4

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceSanto Amaro, Brazil

    Caetano Emanuel Viana Telles Veloso (Portuguese pronunciation: [kaeˈtɐ̃nu emanuˈɛw viˈɐ̃nɐ ˈtɛlis veˈlozu]; born August 7, 1942) is a Brazilian composer, singer, guitarist, writer, and political...  more
  • 5

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Francisco "Chico" Buarque de Hollanda, popularly known simply as Chico Buarque (Brazilian Portuguese: [ˈʃiku buˈaʁki]; born June 19, 1944) is a Brazilian singer-songwriter, guitarist, composer,...  more
  • 6

    Antônio Carlos Jobim

    Dec. at 67 (1927-1994)

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceTijuca, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim (January 25, 1927 – December 8, 1994), also known as Tom Jobim (Portuguese pronunciation: [tõ ʒoˈbĩ]), was a Brazilian composer, pianist, songwriter,...  more
  • 7

    Heitor Villa-Lobos

    Dec. at 72 (1887-1959)

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceBlah blah Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 2

    Heitor Villa-Lobos (UK: , US: , Portuguese: [ejˈtoʁ ˌvilɐ ˈlobus]; March 5, 1887 – November 17, 1959) was a Brazilian composer, conductor, cellist, pianist, and guitarist described as "the single...  more
  • 8

    NationalityItaly, Brazil

    BirthplaceSalvador, Brazil

    Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira (born 26 June 1942), known professionally as Gilberto Gil (Brazilian Portuguese: [ʒiwˈbɛʁtu ˈʒiw]), is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter, known for both his...  more
  • 9

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Milton Nascimento (Portuguese pronunciation: [miwˈtõ nasiˈmẽtu]; born October 26, 1942) is a prominent Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist....  more
  • 10

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    Arnaldo Antunes (Portuguese pronunciation: [axˈnawdu ɐ̃ˈtunis], born Arnaldo Augusto Nora Antunes Filho, September 2, 1960) is a Brazilian musician, writer, and composer. He was a member of the rock...  more
  • 11

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Marisa de Azevedo Monte (born 1 July 1967) is a Brazilian singer, composer, instrumentalist, and producer of Brazilian popular music and samba. As of 2011, she had sold 10 million albums worldwide...  more
  • 12

    Laurindo Almeida

    Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceMiracatu, Brazil

    Laurindo Almeida (September 2, 1917 – July 26, 1995) was a Brazilian guitarist and composer in classical, jazz, and Latin music. He and Bud Shank were pioneers in the creation of bossa nova. Almeida...  more
  • 13

    Toquinho

    Age: 74

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, São Paulo, Southeast Region

    Antônio Pecci Filho (born July 6, 1946), better known as Toquinho (Portuguese pronunciation: [toˈkĩɲu]), is a Brazilian singer and guitarist. He is well known for his collaborations, as composer and...  more
  • 14

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, Rio de Janeiro, South America, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

    Jorge Duilio Lima Menezes (born March 22, 1942), is a Brazilian popular musician, performing under the stage name Jorge Ben Jor since the 1980s, though commonly known by his former stage name Jorge...  more
  • 15

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Lulu Santos, stage name of Luiz Maurício Pragana dos Santos (May 4, 1953), is a Brazilian singer and guitarist....  more
  • 16

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceMococa, Brazil

    Sérgio Assad (born 26 December 1952) is a Brazilian guitarist, composer, and arranger who often performs with his brother, Odair Assad in the guitar duo Sérgio and Odair Assad, commonly referred to...  more
  • 17

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, Paraíba, South America, Brazil, Brejo do Cruz

    Zé Ramalho (born José Ramalho Neto on October 3, 1949 - Brejo do Cruz - Paraíba, Brazil) is a Brazilian composer and performer. Zé Ramalho has collaborated with various major Brazilian musicians,...  more
  • 18

    Nando Reis

    Age: 57

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, São Paulo, Southeast Region

    Nando Reis (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈnɐ̃du ˈʁejs], born José Fernando Gomes dos Reis; January 12, 1963) is a Brazilian musician and producer, best known as the former bassist and one of the lead...  more
  • 19

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceSão Bernardo do Campo, Brazil

    Andreas Rudolf Kisser (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɐ̃dɾjɐs ˈʁudowf ˈkiseɾ]; born August 24, 1968) is a Brazilian musician, songwriter and producer. He is most known for being the lead guitarist for...  more
  • 20

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Dorival Tostes "Dori" Caymmi (born 26 August 1943) is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, guitarist, arranger, and producer....  more
  • 21

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, Rio de Janeiro, South America, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

    Paulinho da Viola (born Paulo César Batista de Faria on November 12, 1942) (Portuguese pronunciation: [pawˈlĩɲʊ daviˈɔlɐ]) is a Brazilian sambista, singer/songwriter, guitar, cavaquinho and mandolin...  more
  • 22

    Lobão

    Age: 63

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceDVD Region 4, Rio de Janeiro, South America, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

    João Luiz Woerdenbag Filho (born October 11, 1957), popularly known as Lobão ("Big Wolf", in reference to the Disney depiction of the Big Bad Wolf character), is a Brazilian singer-songwriter,...  more
  • 23

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceRio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Elizabeth Santos Leal de Carvalho (May 5, 1946 – April 30, 2019), known professionally as Beth Carvalho, was a Brazilian samba singer, guitarist, cavaquinist and composer....  more
  • 24

    Raul Seixas

    Dec. at 44 (1945-1989)

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceSalvador, Brazil

    Raul Santos Seixas (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɦaˈuː ˈsejʃɐs]; 28 June 1945 – 21 August 1989) was a Brazilian rock composer, singer, songwriter and producer. He is sometimes called the "Father of...  more
  • 25

    NationalityBrazil

    BirthplaceSão Paulo, Brazil

    Paulo Roberto de Souza Miklos (known as Paulo Miklos Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈpawlu ˈmiklus], born on January 21, 1959) is a Brazilian multi-instrumentalist, musician and actor. He is best known...  more