Musicians Famous Guitarists from South America

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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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Shakira is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 41 Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, is a Colombian singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, choreographer, and model. Born and raised in Barranquilla, she began performing in school, ...more

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Teixeirinha is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Teixeirinha Died at 58 (1927-1985) 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 ...more

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Helena Meirelles is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Helena Meirelles Died at 81 (1924-2005) 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

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Caetano Veloso is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 76 Caetano Emanuel Viana Telles Veloso, better known as Caetano Veloso, is a Brazilian composer, singer, guitarist, writer, and political activist. Veloso first became known for his participation ...more

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Chico Buarque is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 74 Francisco "Chico" Buarque de Hollanda, popularly known as Chico Buarque, is a singer, guitarist, composer, dramatist, writer and poet. He is best known for his music, which often ...more

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Antônio Carlos Jobim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Died at 67 (1927-1994) Antônio Carlos Brasileiro de Almeida Jobim — known as Tom Jobim — was a Brazilian songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, and pianist/guitarist. He was a primary force behind the creation ...more

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Heitor Villa-Lobos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Died at 72 (1887-1959) Heitor Villa-Lobos was a Brazilian composer, described as "the single most significant creative figure in 20th-century Brazilian art music". Villa-Lobos has become the best-known and ...more

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Gilberto Gil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 76 Gilberto Passos Gil Moreira, better known as Gilberto Gil, is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, and songwriter, known for both his musical innovation and political commitment. From 2003 to 2008, he ...more

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Milton Nascimento is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 76 Milton Nascimento is a prominent Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist.

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Arnaldo Antunes is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 58 Arnaldo Antunes, is a writer and composer from Brazil. He began as a member of the band Aguilar e Banda Performática in the late 1970s. For most of the 1980s he was a member of the rock ...more

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Marisa Monte is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 51 Marisa de Azevedo Monte is a Brazilian popular singer. As of 2011, she has sold 10 million albums worldwide.

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Laurindo Almeida is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Died at 78 (1917-1995) Laurindo Almeida was a Brazilian virtuoso guitarist and composer who made many recordings of enduring impact in classical, jazz and Latin genres. He is widely credited, with fellow artist Bud ...more

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Toquinho is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 72 Antônio Pecci Filho, better known as Toquinho, is a Brazilian singer and guitarist. He is well known for his collaborations, as composer and performer, with Vinicius de Moraes.

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Jorge Ben Jor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 76 Jorge Ben Jor is a Brazilian popular musician. His characteristic style fuses samba, funk, rock and bossa nova with lyrics that blend humor and satire with often esoteric subject matter. Some of ...more

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Lulu Santos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 65 Lulu Santos, stage name of Luiz Maurício Pragana dos Santos is a Brazilian singer and guitarist.

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Sergio Assad is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 66 Sérgio Assad is a Brazilian guitarist, composer, and arranger who often performs with his brother in the guitar duo Sérgio and Odair Assad, commonly referred to as Assad Brothers

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Zé Ramalho is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 69 Zé Ramalho is a Brazilian composer and performer. Zé Ramalho has collaborated with various major Brazilian musicians, including Vanusa, Geraldo Azevedo and Alceu Valença to ...more

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Nando Reis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 55 Nando Reis is a Brazilian musician and producer, best known as the former bassist and one of the lead singers of Brazilian rock band Titãs and for his successful solo career, with his own ...more

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Andreas Kisser is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 50 Andreas Rudolf Kisser is a Brazilian guitar player, songwriter and producer. He is most known for being the guitar player for the metal band Sepultura. He has been featured on every Sepultura ...more

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Dori Caymmi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 75 Dorival Tostes Caymmi is a Brazilian singer, guitarist, songwriter, arranger, and producer who is a two-time Grammy Award winner.

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Paulinho da Viola is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 76 Paulinho da Viola is a Brazilian sambista, singer/songwriter, guitar, cavaquinho and mandolin player, known for his sophisticated harmonies and soft, gentle singing voice.

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Lobão is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 61 João Luiz Woerdenbag Filho, popularly known as Lobão, is a Brazilian singer-songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist, writer, publisher, television host and media personality. ...more

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Beth Carvalho is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 72 Elizabeth Santos Leal de Carvalho known professionally as Beth Carvalho is a Brazilian samba singer, guitarist, cavaquinist and composer.

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Raul Seixas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Died at 44 (1945-1989) Raul Santos Seixas, was a Brazilian rock composer, singer, songwriter and producer. He is sometimes called the "Father of Brazilian Rock" and "Maluco Beleza", the last one ...more

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Paulo Miklos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 59 Paulo Roberto de Souza Miklos is a multi-instrumentalist, musician and actor from Brazil. He is best known for his works for the band Titãs, which he is a member since its beginning, in ...more

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Chris de Burgh is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 70 Chris de Burgh is a British-Irish singer-songwriter and instrumentalist. He is most famous for his 1986 love song "The Lady in Red", which reached number one in several countries. De ...more

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João Gilberto is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 87 João Gilberto Prado Pereira de Oliveira, known as João Gilberto, is a Brazilian singer and guitarist. His seminal recordings, including many songs by Antônio Carlos Jobim and ...more

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Carolina Parra is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 40 Carolina Moraes Parra is a guitarist and drummer for the Brazilian indie-electro band CSS. She joined CSS at the Tim Festival gig in 2004. Besides CSS, she has played in many other bands ...more

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Juanes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 46 Juan Esteban Aristizábal Vásquez, better known as Juanes, is a Colombian musician who was a member of the heavy metal band Ekhymosis and is now a solo artist. In 2000, his solo ...more

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Tony Bellotto is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 58 Antonio Carlos Liberalli Bellotto is a Brazilian musician and writer, best known as the lead guitarist of Brazilian rock band Titãs. He has also written and released several books.

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André Abujamra is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 53 André Cibelli Abujamra is Brazilian score composer, musician, singer, guitarist, actor and comedian of Lebanese and Italian origin. His father is also an actor named Antonio Abujamra.

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Marcelo Fromer is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Died at 40 (1961-2001) Marcelo Fromer was the guitarist of Brazilian rock band Titãs. One of the founding members and also the band's manager, he died in 2001, after being hit by a motorcycle while jogging.

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Marcos Valle is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 75 Marcos Kostenbader Valle is a Brazilian singer, instrumentalist, songwriter and record producer. He has produced works in many musical styles, including bossa nova, samba, and fusions of rock, ...more

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Baden Powell de Aquino is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Died at 63 (1937-2000) Baden Powell de Aquino usually known simply as Baden Powell, was one of the most prominent and celebrated Brazilian guitarists and guitar composers of his time. He explored the instrument to its ...more

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Lenine is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 59 Lenine, artist name of Osvaldo Lenine Macedo Pimentel, is a Brazilian singer-songwriter from Recife, Pernambuco. In 2005, he has won two Latin Grammy Awards for "Best Brazilian Contemporary ...more

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Heitor Pereira is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 58 Heitor Teixeira Pereira, or Heitor TP, is a Brazilian musician, who played with Simply Red and several famous musicians, like Elton John, Rod Stewart, k.d. lang and Jack Johnson; and is ...more

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Sérgio Dias is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 67 Sérgio Dias Baptista Twice Latin Grammy Nominee, is a Brazilian rock musician, composer and guitar player. He is best known for his work with the band Os Mutantes and has been the only ...more

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Joyce is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 70 Joyce Silveira Moreno, commonly known as Joyce is a Brazilian singer/songwriter, as well as an accomplished guitarist and arranger. She was born in Rio de Janeiro on 31 January 1948. As of 2009, ...more

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Edu Ardanuy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 51 Eduardo Ardanuy is a Brazilian guitarist who has worked with such bands as Dr. Sin, Anjos da Noite, Blezqi Zatzas, Supla and Eduardo Araújo. He was included in a 'Top 10 Greatest Guitar ...more

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Roney
age 44 Roney "Giah" Giacometti is a Brazilian composer, singer, guitar player and music producer.

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Gustavo Cerati is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Died at 55 (1959-2014) Gustavo Adrián Cerati, was an Argentine singer-songwriter, composer and producer, considered one of the most important and influential figures of Ibero-American rock and a Latin American ...more

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Kiko Loureiro is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 46 Kiko Loureiro is a Brazilian heavy metal guitarist, member from heavy metal bands Angra and Megadeth. Loureiro began studying music and playing acoustic guitar at age 11. He studied with two big ...more

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Oscar Castro-Neves is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Died at 73 (1940-2013) Oscar Castro-Neves, was a Brazilian guitarist, arranger, and composer who is considered a founding figure in Bossa nova. He was born in Rio de Janeiro as one of triplets and formed a band with ...more

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Herbert Vianna is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 57 Herbert Lemos de Sousa Vianna is a Brazilian singer, songwriter and guitarist mainly known for his work with rock band Os Paralamas do Sucesso.

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Celso Fonseca is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 62 Celso Fonseca is a Brazilian composer, producer, guitarist and singer. He is noted as part of the Música popular brasileira since the 1980s, initially as accompanist and composer, then ...more

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Ricardo Silveira is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America

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Emmerson Nogueira is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 45 Emmerson Nogueira is a Brazilian guitarist and songwriter notable for releasing only cover albums, containing acoustic versions of several internationally famous English-speaking songs. He ...more

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Yamandú Costa is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 38 Yamandu Costa, sometimes misspelled Yamandú, is a Brazilian guitarist and composer. His main instrument is the violão de 7 cordas, the Brazilian seven-stringed nylon guitar. ...more

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Luiz Bonfá is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Died at 79 (1922-2001) Luiz Floriano Bonfá was a Brazilian guitarist and composer. He was best known for the compositions he penned for the film Black Orpheus.

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Samuel Rosa is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
age 52 Samuel Rosa de Alvarenga is lead singer and guitarist of Brazilian rock band Skank. He has a psychology degree from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais. Samuel writes the music for most of the ...more