Jorge Ben Jor

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22, 1945
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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22, 1945 (age 77)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil


Musician who has become known for fusing samba, funk, rock, and bossa nova styles with his own satirical humor. Some of his most famous singles over his 5 decade long career include "Chove Chuva," "Mas Que Nada," and "Ive Brussel." His music has since been covered by countless popular artists from Miriam Makeba to Sergio Mendes

Before Fame

He got his first pandeiro at thirteen and two years later he began singing in a local church choir. By eighteen he'd begun performing at parties and in nightclubs. 


In 1975, he and Gilberto Gil released the collaborative album Gil e Jorge. 

Family Life

His mother is of Ethiopian descent. His mother bought him his first guitar. He has two sons, Gabriel and Tomaso Menezes. 

Associated With

In 2002, he contributed to the compilation album Red Hot + Riot which paid tribute to Fela Kuti and which raised money for AIDS awareness and research.