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Background information
Birth nameKleber Cavalcante Gomes
Born (1975-09-05) September 5, 1975 (age 43)
OriginSão Paulo, Brazil
GenresHip hop, MPB, samba, rock, soul, Afrobeat
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, rapper
Years active1989-present
Associated actsEmicida Marcelo D2 MV Bill

Kleber Cavalcante Gomes, or Criolo (São Paulo, September 5, 1975), is a Brazilian rapper and soul singer. With a career starting in 1989, he was originally known in Brazil as the creator of Rinha dos MC's, but has gained worldwide attention for his solo work and, in particular, the album Nó Na Orelha.

Early life and career[edit]

Born to migrants from the North East of Brazil in the commercial hub of São Paulo, Criolo was born in the 'Favela das Imbuias', one of the many shanty towns that girdle the city.

Since the age of 11, Criolo concentrated on his love for rap, performing in small venues around his neighbourhood for many years before finally releasing his debut album ‘‘Ainda Há Tempo’’ in 2006. [1] This led to a reputation as one of the most important rappers in São Paulo. His second album, “Nó na Orelha”, issued in Brazil in 2011 and internationally in 2012, saw his popularity grow beyond São Paulo and Brazil to other countries, leading to live shows in Adelaide, Amsterdam, Berlin, Cannes, Dijon, Ghent, Glasgow, Leuven, Lisbon, Los Angeles, London, Manchester, New York, Ozark, Paris, Rome, Roskilde, Saint-Florent, Saint-Nazaire, Sao Isidro, Sete, and Vence.[2]

His fourth album Espiral de Ilusão was elected the 6th best Brazilian album of 2017 by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone.[3]



LP Singles[edit]

  • Ainda Há Tempo (2006)
  • Subirusdoistiozin (2010)
  • Duas De Cinco (2013)
  • Viva Tim Maia (2015)
  • No Sapatinho (2016)
  • Até amanhã (2016)
  • Menino Mimado (2017)
  • Povo Guerreiro (2018)
  • Boca de Lobo (2018)
  • Etérea (2019)


  1. ^ Don't Let Go Of Hope: An Interview With Criolo (Part Two)
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  3. ^ "Melhores Discos Nacionais de 2017". Rolling Stone Brasil. Grupo Spring de Comunicação. 2017. Retrieved 25 January 2019.

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