Dona Onete

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Dona Onete
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Background information
Birth nameIonete da Silveira Gama
Born (1939-06-18) June 18, 1939 (age 80)
Cachoeira do Arari, Pará, Brazil
Occupation(s)singer, composer

Dona Onete (born June 18, 1939) is a Brazilian singer and composer. She has been referred to as the "Queen of Carimbo".[1][2]


She was born Ionete da Silveira Gama in Cachoeira do Arari and grew up in Igarapé-Miri. By the time that she was fifteen, she was singing songs from traditional music genres such as sambas, quadrilles and boi bumba. She taught history and Amazonian studies in Igarapé-Mir and conducted research into rhythms, dances and traditions of the region. She helped establish music and dance groups which preserved traditional music and customs. From 1993 to 1996, she served as secretary of culture for the municipality.[1][3][4]

Onete recorded her first album Feitiço Caboclo when she was 73.[4] She developed her own hybrid genre of music carimbo chamegado. After she retired to Pedreira [pt], she continued to perform. Together with a local band, she has performed throughout Brazil as well as in the United Kingdom, France, Portugal and New York City.[1]

In 2013, a biography of Onete Menina Onete - Travessias & Travessuras was published by anthropologist Antônio Maria de Souza Santos and educator Josivana de Castro Rodrigues.[3]

In 2017, she was named to the Brazilian Ordem do Mérito Cultural.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "Dona Onete, The Queen of Carimbo". September 30, 2016.
  2. ^ "Dona Onete e o imaginário folk-Amazônico" (PDF) (in Portuguese). Sociedade Brasileira de Estudos Interdisciplinares da Comunicação.
  3. ^ a b "Dona Onete lança biografia no Centur, em Belém". G1Globo (in Portuguese). August 12, 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Dona Onete – The Journey from the teacher to the music". newmodelradio.
  5. ^ "Dona Onete recebeu a Ordem do Mérito Cultural em Brasília". Diário Online (in Portuguese). December 22, 2017.