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Birth nameKleber Cavalcante Gomes
Born (1975-09-05) September 5, 1975 (age 45)
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 singer, rapper, songwriter and actor. 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 (2011). In 2019, he was nominated for two Latin Grammy Awards, for "Boca de Lobo" (Best Music Video, Short Version) and "Etérea" (Best Song in Portuguese).[1]

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.[2] 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.[3]

His fourth album Espiral de Ilusão, focused on samba, was elected the 6th best Brazilian album of 2017 by the Brazilian edition of Rolling Stone.[4] The album was accompanied by the first issue of Criolo magazine and Criolo was awarded best samba singer of the year by Brazilian Music Awards because of it. All his projects since 2010 are released by his record label, Oloko Records, by his manager Beatriz Berjeaut, and his music director, Daniel Ganjaman.

In 2018, Criolo releases Boca de Lobo as single and music video (directed by Denis Cisma and Pedro Inoue).[5] The following year, 2019, he launches the Etérea project, an electronic beat song made as a homage to the Brazilian underground queer culture. Etérea music video (directed by Gil Inoue and Gabriel Dietrich) was released with a behind the scenes mini documentary with interviews with the performers and the whole project had creative direction by Tino Monetti and Pedro Inoue.[6] Both singles, with executive production by Kler Correa, were nominated to the Latin Grammy Awards 2019, as Best Music Video, Short Version and Best Song In Portuguese, respectively.[7]



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)

Awards and nominations[edit]

MTV Video Music Brasil[edit]

Year Category Nomination Result
2011 Video of the Year Subirusdoistiozin Nominated
Artist of the Year Criolo Nominated
Album of the Year Nó na Orelha Won
Music of the Year Não Existe Amor em SP Won
Breakthrough artist Criolo Won
2012 Video of the Year Mariô Nominated
Male artist Criolo Won

Brazilian Music Awards[8][edit]

Year Category Nomination Result
2018 Samba singer Criolo - Espiral de Ilusão Won

Latin Grammy Awards[9][edit]

Year Category Nomination Result
2019 Best Music Video, Short Version Boca de Lobo Nominated
Best Song In Portuguese Etérea Nominated


  1. ^ "20a Entrega Anual del Latin GRAMMY". Latin GRAMMYs (in Spanish). Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  2. ^ "Art Soothes The Soul, It Calms Us, Gives Us Warmth: An Interview with Criolo". Sounds and Colours. November 14, 2012. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  3. ^ "Criolo Gigography, Tour History & Past Concerts – Songkick".
  4. ^ "Melhores Discos Nacionais de 2017". Rolling Stone Brasil. Grupo Spring de Comunicação. 2017. Retrieved January 25, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Sousa, Kino (October 5, 2018). "'Boca de Lobo': a walk into the wolf's den with Criolo's last video about Brazil's social emergency". Pan African Music. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  6. ^ "Criolo Honours LGBTQ Community with Latest Song 'Etérea'". Sounds and Colours. March 11, 2019. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  7. ^ "20a Entrega Anual del Latin GRAMMY". Latin GRAMMYs (in Spanish). Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  8. ^ "Veja a lista de vencedores do 29º Prêmio da Música Brasileira". G1 (in Portuguese). Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  9. ^ "20a Entrega Anual del Latin GRAMMY". Latin GRAMMYs. Retrieved September 26, 2019.

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