Gaby Amarantos

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Gaby Amarantos
Birth nameGabriela Amaral dos Santos
Also known asGaby Amarantos
Born (1978-08-01) August 1, 1978 (age 41)
Belém, Pará, Brazil
GenresTecno brega, Latin pop, MPB
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, actress
Years active1995–present

Gabriela Amaral dos Santos, known by her stage name Gaby Amarantos, is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, actress and TV presenter from the city of Belém.[1]


Amarantos was born in the favela district of Jurunas in Belém, in the state of Pará, Brazil. She is of mixed indigenous Amazonian and Afro-Brazilian descent. She began singing in the local church of Santa Teresinha do Menino Jesus, and at the age of 15 began to perform on the local bar scene.

Born into a family of samba enthusiasts, Amarantos was also influenced at an early age by the Caribbean radio frequencies that reached equatorial Belém, along with brega, lambada, Clara Nunes, Kraftwerk, and Juan Luis Guerra. Later, the electronic aparelhagem soundsystem parties in Jurunas would have a strong impact on her musical direction.[2]

In 2002, she rose to fame in Pará state as the emerging star of the tecno brega scene[3] fronting Banda Tecno Show and performing Portuguese covers of Cyndi Lauper and Roxete.

In 2011, she achieved national success with a version of "Single Ladies", gaining the nickname "Amazonian Beyonce", followed by the 2012 hit single and telenovela soundtrack "Ex Mai Love".[4]


Studios albums[edit]

Title Year Record label Media Sales
Treme 2012 Som Livre CD 30.000


Single Year Record label Media
"Xirley" 2011 Som Livre Digital Download
"Ex Mai Love" 2012 Som Livre Digital Download
"Chuva" 2013 Som Livre Digital Download

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients and nominees Outcome
2012 Prêmio Multishow New Hit
"Ex Mai Love"
MTV Video Music Brazil Best Album Art
Clipe the Year
Best Female Act
Gaby Amarantos
Artist of the Year Won[6]
Latin Grammy Awards Best New Artist Nominated
Best Brazilian Roots Album


  1. ^ Lester, Paul (February 16, 2012). "New band of the day – No 1,209: Gaby Amarantos". the Guardian. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  2. ^ "Palin's Travels: , Brazil". Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "Tecno Show" (in Portuguese). Archived from the original on September 25, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-22.
  4. ^ Bevins, Vincent (March 11, 2012). "Cultural Exchange: Gaby Amarantos has Brazil dancing". Los Angeles Times. ISSN 0458-3035. Retrieved March 20, 2018.
  5. ^ "Veja os vencedores do Prêmio Multishow 2012" (in Portuguese). Retrieved September 19, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c d "Veja os vencedores do VMB 2012" (in Portuguese). Retrieved September 20, 2012.

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