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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: 42

Nationality: Colombia

Birthplace: Barranquilla, 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 ...more

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

Birthplace: South Region, Brazil, Rolante, Brazil, Americas, + more

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 Dec. at 81 (1924-2005)

Birthplace: DVD 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
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Caetano Veloso is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Age: 77

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, Santo Amaro, Bahia

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
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Chico Buarque is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Age: 75

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Rio de Janeiro, South America, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

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, ...more
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Antônio Carlos Job... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Dec. at 67 (1927-1994)

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: Brazil, Tijuca

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, ...more
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Heitor Villa-Lobos is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Dec. at 72 (1887-1959)

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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 ...more

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Gilberto Gil is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Age: 77

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, Salvador, Bahia

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 ...more
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Milton Nascimento is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Age: 77

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Rio de Janeiro, South America, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Milton Nascimento (Portuguese pronunciation: [miwˈtõ nasiˈmẽtu]; born October 26, 1942) 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: 59

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, São Paulo, Southeast Region, + more

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 ...more
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Marisa Monte is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Age: 52

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: Rio 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 ...more
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Laurindo Almeida is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Dec. at 78 (1917-1995)

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, Southeast Region, Brazil, + more

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. ...more
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Toquinho is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Age: 73

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, São Paulo, Southeast Region, + more

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 ...more
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Jorge Ben Jor is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Age: 77

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD 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 ...more
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Lulu Santos is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Age: 66

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Lulu Santos, stage name of Luiz Maurício Pragana dos Santos (May 4, 1953), 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: 67

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: Mococa, 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, ...more
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Zé Ramalho is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Age: 70

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: Brejo do Cruz, Brazil

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 ...more
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Nando Reis is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Age: 56

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, São Paulo, Southeast Region, + more

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 ...more
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Andreas Kisser is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Age: 51

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: São Bernardo do Campo, DVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, Southeast Region, + more

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 ...more
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Dori Caymmi is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Age: 76

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Rio de Janeiro, South America, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

Dorival Tostes "Dori" Caymmi (born 26 August 1943) is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, guitarist, arranger, and producer.
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Paulinho da Viola is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Age: 77

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD 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 ...more
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Lobão is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Age: 62

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD 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 ...more
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Beth Carvalho is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Age: 73

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, Rio de Janeiro, South America, Brazil, Rio de Janeiro

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.
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Raul Seixas is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Dec. at 44 (1945-1989)

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, Salvador, Bahia

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 ...more
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Paulo Miklos is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Guitarists from South America
Age: 60

Nationality: Brazil

Birthplace: DVD Region 4, South America, Brazil, São Paulo, Southeast Region, + more

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 ...more