Waldemar Esteves da Cunha

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Waldemar Esteves da Cunha
King Momo Waldemar, in 1988 Carnaval, with queen Mira Silva, at Confetti Battle, at Canal 1
Waldemar Esteves da Cunha

(1920-08-09)August 9, 1920
Santos, Brazil
DiedApril 8, 2013(2013-04-08) (aged 92)
Santos, Brazil
OccupationRei Momo
Known forRei Momo Waldemar
Spouse(s)Eunice da Cunha

Waldemar Esteves da Cunha (August 9, 1920 – April 8, 2013) was at the time of his death in 2013, the oldest King Momo in Brazil.[1]


Waldemar Esteves da Cunha was born in the port city of Santos, Brazil, on August 9, 1920. For many years he worked with dental articles in the family company.

In 1950 he was elected King Momo of Santos, after the Dona Dorotea Marathon, a marathon on Santos' beach.

He was Momo of Santos until 1990 and today is the oldest King Momo in Brazil. In 1957 he suffered a golpe when he was elected Rei Momo Eduardo, from Rio de Janeiro. After 1957, he was Momo until 1990.

Between 1997 and 2000 the Carnival of Santos had some security troubles. The city wanted the Samba Schools to be great as National Carnivals (Rio and São Paulo) and the parades were on the Orla beach, but unfortunately it was all locked.

King Momo Waldemar, during the Carnival of 2001, at the age of 81, came back on the Avenues to lay peace and joy. Unfortunately, nothing happened, and the parades were blocked until 2005. In that year Santos had a new Sambadrome, in Northwestern City, larger than the area of the Orla beach.

Pensioned, Waldemar lived in Santos with his wife, four sons and six nephews.[2] He died in Santos on April 8, 2013.[3]

Post mortem[edit]

In 2018, after 5 years of his death, the Carnaval Memorial and the Department of Culture organized an exhibition in his honor. [4]



  1. ^ Novo Milênio: Tempo de Carnaval (5-b)
  2. ^ Um reinado na memória santista: Waldemar, o Rei Momo.
  3. ^ Corpo do primeiro Rei Momo de Santos é enterrado no Memorial Archived August 1, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Exposição homenageia Rei Momo Waldemar Esteves da Cunha". santos.sp.gov.br (in Portuguese). January 18, 2018. Retrieved October 17, 2018.

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