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Yamandú Costa (Passo Fundo, January 24, 1980) is a Brazilian guitarist and composer. His main instrument is the violão de 7 cordas, the Brazilian seven-stringed nylon guitar.

Yamandú began to study the guitar at seven years of age with his father, Algacir Costa, leader of the group Os Fronteiriços (The Frontiersmen) and mastered the instrument after studying under Lúcio Yanel, an Argentine virtuoso rooted in Brazil. At fifteen he studied the folk music of Southern Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.

After hearing Radamés Gnattali, he began to study the music of other Brazilians, such as Baden Powell de Aquino, Tom Jobim and Raphael Rabello.

At seventeen he played in São Paulo for the first time at the Cultural Circuit Bank of Brazil which was produced by the Study Tone Brazil. Yamandú came to be recognized as the musician to revive Brazilian guitar music.

Yamandú touches diverse styles as chorinho, bossa nova, milonga, tango, samba and chamamé, making him difficult to categorize into a single genre.

Yamandú appeared in Mika Kaurismäki's 2005 documentary film Brasileirinho.


  • Prêmio Tim - Melhor Solista - 2004
  • Free Jazz Festival 2001 - Rio e São Paulo
  • Festival de Guitarra do Chile - 2001
  • Vencedor do Prêmio Visa Edição Instrumental - 2001
  • Circuito Cultural Banco do Brasil - 1999
  • Participação Festival de Nashville (EUA) - 1998
  • Troféu de Revelação de Música Instrumental do Estado do Rio Grande
  • 25º Prêmio de melhor instrumentista do RS
  • Show em Montevidéu - 1998
  • Turnê em Bueno Aires - 1998
  • Vencedor do Prêmio Califórnia de Uruguaiana - 1995


  • 2008 - Mafua
  • 2007 – Lida
  • 2007 – Yamandu + Dominguinhos
  • 2007 – Ida e Volta
  • 2006 – Tokyo Session
  • 2005 – DVD - Música do Brasil Vol.I
  • 2005 – DVD - Yamandu Costa ao Vivo
  • 2005 – Brasileirinho
  • 2004 – El Negro Del Blanco / Yamandu Costa e Paulo Moura
  • 2003 – Yamandu ao Vivo
  • 2001 – Yamandu / Premio Visa
  • 2000 – Dois Tempos / Lucio Yanel e Yamandu Costa

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