Caetano Veloso

Birth Name: Caetano Emanuel Viana Teles Veloso

Place of Birth: Santo Amaro, Bahia, Brazil

Date of Birth: August 7, 1942

Ethnicity: Brazilian [Portuguese, Indigenous, African]

Caetano Veloso is a Brazilian composer, singer, guitarist, and writer.

Caetano is the son of Claudionor (Viana) and José Telles Veloso. Among his siblings is singer and songwriter Maria Bethânia. He has two children with his former wife, actress Andrea Gadelha, and two children with his wife, Paula Lavigne.

Caetano has described himself as “mulatto.” He is said to have Portuguese, African, and Indigenous ancestry.

Caetano’s paternal grandfather was named José Cupertino Telles. Cupertino was described as “black” in the book Caetano – Uma Biografia (2017).

Caetano’s paternal grandmother was named Maria Clara Velloso.

Caetano’s maternal grandfather was named Anísio César de Oliveira Viana.

Caetano’s maternal grandmother was named Júlia Muniz de Araújo. Julia is said to have had Pataxó Indigenous ancestry.

Source: Genealogy of Caetano Veloso –

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1 Response

  1. andrew says:

    he looks 100% Portuguese now, but he was much more exotic looking back then.

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