Brazilian Singers

Brazilian singers bring the various music styles of Brazil to life! Brazil's music genres are amazingly diverse ranging from rock to jazz to pop to folk. Music styles such as choro, MPB, samba, and bossa nova are just a few of the ones you'll hear when listening to popular music singers in Brazil.

Beautiful and uplifting music is good for the soul, so we're going to list some Brazilian vocalists here for your enjoyment.

Brazilian Singers

Banda Black Rio

This band came onto the music scene in 1976, split up in 1985, but produced five records from the time they got together in 1976 until 2002. They may no longer be together as a band, but their music is still popular - a fun, easygoing mixture of funk, jazz, and some sounds of samba. It's easy to listen to and would be great background music for a cookout or get together.
Banda Black Rio

Ivete Sangalo

She is one of Brazil's most popular singers and she'll definitely get your heart pumping with her mix of musical styles of Latin pop music, MPB and Axe rock!
Ivete Sangalo

Chico Buarque

Easy-to-listen-to music played by Chico on guitar and accompanied by his clear beautiful voice. He sings about the economy, social issues, and culture of Rio de Janeiro and Brazil in general.
Chico Buarque

Sara Bentes

Sara has a gorgeous, romantic voice that captures your attention and keeps you listening to more and more as she sings. She writes lyrics that sound like poetry as she sings them. Very mellow listening music. You won't be disappointed!
Sara Bentes

Milton Nascimento

This Brazilian singer is known best for his amazing vocal range. He plays the guitar and writes music that is best known as MPB, or Musica Popular Brasileira. It has a good beat without being all out rock music.
Milton Nascimento

Astrud Gilberto

Astrud Gilberto is probably best known for her performance of Girl From Ipanema, but she also sings many other beautiful songs. Her lilting voice lends itself to soft listening music - perfect for a quiet evening or simply relaxing.
Astrud Gilberto

Gilberto Gil

Gilberto Gil, known affectionately as just Gil, incorporates several different music styles into his songs including rock, bossa nova, MPB, samba, reggae, tropicalia, and African music. He's fun to listen to and gets your foot tapping and body swaying in no time.
Gilberto Gil

Marisa Monte

Marisa sings a beautiful, romantic combination of MPB and pop rock tunes. She has sung with other Brazilian vocalists in folk and samba music styles.
Marisa Monte

Daniella Mercury

Want to get your toes tapping, body movin' and truly enjoying the beat of the music? You're going to love Daniella Mercury! She is one of Brazil's most popular Brazilian singers, winning awards and the love of the Brazilian people. Her music combines the rhythmic sounds of samba and axe and the softer sounds of MPB.
Daniella Mercury

Adriana Calcanhotto

Adriana is a MPB style singer with an easy-to-listen-to voice that carries you along while you work, relax, play, or enjoy talking with friends.

Joao Gilberto

Known as the Father of Bossa Nova, he plays the guitar and sings with a soft, whisper-like voice. He rarely sings with any other instruments other than his own guitar. He likes to use his guitar to create different sounds in some of his songs.
Joao Gilberto

Gal Costa

Gal sings songs with a mixture of MPB, tropicalia, and pop with a clear and uplifting voice. She is a vocalist and a guitar player with a background in classical music.
Gal Costa

Antonio Carlos Jobin

Best known for his bossa nova style of music, he also dabbled in the MPB music movement. Some of his music might be dubbed elevator music here in the U.S. He passed away in 1994, but his music remains some of the most popular and beloved music in Brazil.

Jorge Aragao

Jorge is best known for his talent with samba and another music style called pagode. He seems to truly enjoy performing and smiles a lot while he sings. It's easy listening music with a nice rhythm going too.
Jorge Aragao

Caetano Veloso

Caetano Veloso brings a unique mix of musical styles to you by mixing up tropicalia, MPB, psychedelic rock, pop music, and standards music style. He likes to incorporate Brazil folk music and rhythms into his songs as well.
Caetano Veloso

Babel Gilberto

Niece of Chico Buarque, she is best known for singing bossa nova style songs. She has a beautifully calming voice that draws you in and makes you want to hear more.
Babel Gilberto

More Popular Brazilian Singers

  • Maria Bethalho

  • Eliana Printes

  • Clara Nunes

  • Cibelle

  • Bia

  • Ana Carolina

  • Maria Rita

  • Rabo de Lagartixa

  • Simone

  • Wanda Sa

Music Styles of Brazilian Singers

We've mentioned several music styles here, but what do they each mean?

Bossa Nova - instruments used to create this sound include nylon-string guitar, tamborim, and the piano. Unique to bossa nova, the guitar is played with the fingers rather than a pick.

Choro - instruments like the cavaquinho, flute, clarinet, trumpet, mandolin, guitar, trombone, and saxophone create a happy, fun rhythm that makes you want to dance.

MPB - Musica Popular Brasileira is a unique combination of music styles like jazz, pop, folk and rock with some samba rhythms tossed in here and there.

Tropicalia - this music style takes rock and roll and some of the most original African and Brazilian rhythms and puts it together in music.

Pagode - this is a sub-genre of the popular sound of samba using three unique instruments: banjo, reique de mao, and the tan-tan.

Axe - one of the most diverse styles of music because it blends together several musical styles and genres including Forro, Marcha, Calypso, Carixada, Frevo, and Reggae.

Brazil is filled with amazingly talented Brazilian singers and musicians! There is a style and a sound for everyone!


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