The Brazilian Musician Celso Machado

Since the 80s, guitarist, singer and instrumentalist Celso Machado has been taking Brazilian music to various parts of the world:  Asia, Europe, Canada and the United States.


By Thais D.N.T

Translated by Loretta Murphy

Since the 80s, guitarist, singer and instrumentalist Celso Machado has been taking Brazilian music to various parts of the world: Asia, Europe, Canada and the United States.

Born and raised around musicians, Celso could not have chosen another profession. As a child, he listened to the songs of his father and brothers who were composers, instrumentalists and singers. As a teenager, has was already participating in percussion samba schools.

Today, the singer lives in Gibsons, in the province of British Columbia, with his family. The first time he came to Canada was in 1986, when he was invited to participate in the International Jazz Festival of Vancouver. He also participated in EXPO 1986 and the Vancouver International Folk Music Festival.

In 1987, he returned to Canada to work for over four months. The following year, he got a work visa and remained in the country for a period. In the early 90s, he decided to stay permanently and applied to immigrate.

Born in Ribeirão Preto, Celso spent most of his youth in the state capital of São Paulo, where he studied guitar and also worked with music. He accompanied the great names in Brazilian popular music, such as Orlando Silva, Maísa, Simone, Ney Matogrosso and Nana Caymmi.

His international career began in 1983, when he had the opportunity to move to Europe. His first European show was in London. At the time, he participated in a large Brazilian culture festival.

After London, Celso went to live in France. During that time, he promoted his music to the Europeans, showing them the rhythms of Brazil. With his unique style, he presented the roots of Brazilian popular music, as well as classical music.

His coming to Canada does not stop him from promoting his work in Europe. The singer still performs in the European market, going to Europe three to four times a year to show the diversity of Brazilian popular music.

Even though Canada provides greater opportunities for musicians, he points out that Canadians still know very little about Brazilian music. The singer adds that he has been showing Canadians the sound of Brazil for 30 years and explains that, despite his efforts, the music needs to be publicized more.

His work is recognized not only by the public but also by great musicians from different parts of the world. His compositions are becoming known and interpreted worldwide. The boy from São Paulo who set out in the world because he wanted to tame it, is today triumphant in the international music circuit.

Thais D.N.T is a journalist and editor of the exchange and travel site