- Date of Birth:
- November 12, 1942
- Rio de Janeiro
Paulinho da Viola (born Paulo César Batista de Faria in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on November 12, 1942) is a Brazilian singer/songwriter, guitar, cavaquinho and mandolin player. He got his famous nickname “Paulinho” in 1965, when he was a member of the samba group A Voz do Morro. By the 1970s, the artist was at the height of his career, releasing a high-grossing album every year. He became a household name in samba, choro and popular Brazilian music circles. Paulinho began touring all over the country and broadened his audience by playing at festivals in Europe and the U.S. In 2003, his personal life and sky-rocketing career was portrayed in a documentary called Meu Tempo é Hoje, including his relationship with his native Rio de Janeiro and its samba community. Paulinho will be performing at the opening ceremony of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Best Known For:
Paulinho is best known for his soft voice and sophisticated harmonies.
Paulinho is married to a woman named Zica and the pair have been together since 1964.