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