Vinicius Cantuária

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Vinicius Cantuária
Born (1951-04-29)April 29, 1951
Manaus, Brazil
Genres Brazilian jazz, Latin music
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, musician
Instruments Guitar, drums
Years active 1970–present
Labels Gramavision, Transparent, Bar/None, EMI, E1, Naïve

Vinicius Cantuária (born April 29, 1951) is a Brazilian singer, songwriter, guitarist, drummer, and percussionist. He is associated with bossa nova and Brazilian jazz.

Born in the Amazonian city of Manaus, Cantuária grew up in Rio de Janeiro and moved to New York City in the mid-1990s. His career spans several zones of Brazilian music. He founded the Brazilian rock group O Terço in the 1970s, released six solo albums in Brazil in the 1980s that include his hit songs "Só Você" and "Lua e Estrela", and pioneered the world of neo-Brazilian music with his first international album Sol Na Cara in 1996.

Since moving to the United States, Cantuária has been a leading figure in the downtown New York jazz and contemporary music scenes. His albums have featured collaborations with Arto Lindsay, Bill Frisell, Brian Eno, Laurie Anderson, Brad Mehldau, Marc Ribot, David Byrne, Ryuichi Sakamoto, and John Zorn.

In 1998, Cantuária contributed the song "Luz de Candeiro" to the AIDS benefit compilation album Onda Sonora: Red Hot + Lisbon produced by the Red Hot Organization.

Cantuária also produces other artists, including Aline de Lima's 2006 debut album, released on Naïve Records.


  • Vinícius Cantuária (1982)
  • Gávea de Manhã (1983)
  • Sutis Diferenças (1984)
  • Siga-me (1985)
  • Nu Brasil (1986)
  • Rio Negro (1991)
  • Sol Na Cara (Gramavision, 1996)
  • Amor Brasileiro (1998)
  • Tucumã (Verve/Polygram, 1999)
  • Vinicius (Transparent, 2001)
  • Live: Skirball Center (Kufala, 2003)
  • Horse and Fish (Bar/None, 2004)
  • Silva (Hannibal, 2005)
  • Cymbals (Naïve, 2007)
  • Samba Carioca (Naïve, 2009)
  • Lágrimas Mexicanas (Naïve, 2011) with Bill Frisell
  • Índio de Apartamento (Naïve, 2013)
  • Vinícius canta Antonio Carlos Jobim (2015)


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