João Tostes

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Born (1983-07-09) July 9, 1983 (age 40)
Barbacena, MG, Brazil
  • MPB
  • World Music
  • Instrumental
  • Musician
  • Ukulele player
  • Composer
  • Arranger
  • Musical educator
Years active2010–present

João Tostes (born July 9, 1983, in Barbacena (MG), Brazil) is a Brazilian ukulele virtuoso and composer considered one of the pioneers of the ukulele in Brazil. He has an instrumental career while teaching on his ukulele project called Toca Ukulele[1][2][3]. His works and dedication for the ukulele and music has been recognized by Brazilian MPB Masters, such as Mozart Mello and Nelson Faria[2].


He started the Toca Ukulele Project in 2015 with the aim of teaching and spreading the instrument to Portuguese speaking countries[2][4]. Since then, he has been publishing original Brazilian instrumental music and becoming recognized as one of the greatest ukulele players in the world[3][5][6].

Early 2017, João Tostes was the first Brazilian ukulele player to be shown on a national television channel - Canal Futura, playing the ukulele in a instrumental way. In the same year, he released his first ukulele single, called "Maria Madalena" with his first official music video and started to study with Canadian Ukulele Master James Hill[7]. Tostes also become the first ukulele player to play outside Brazil at international ukulele festivals.

In June of 2018 he released his first ukulele album of original songs, called "naturæ", which debuted in Brazilian music as the first instrumental ukulele album[7][3]. He also published the album songbook with tabs and standard notation which is available worldwide. He took a tour playing in countries such as Canada, South Korea and Italy[8][9].

In 2020 he released the album "Live Ukulele Here, There & Everywhere", a compilation of 20 live songs, cover and originals, played between 2016 and 2019 in 4 countries and 8 cities.


Since 2017, João Tostes has been playing the ukulele in several countries around the world[2][10][8].

Tostes has played in such venues as Poděbrady and Únetice in Czech Republic during the 5th Czech Ukulele Festival[11], The Astra Theater in Italy (2018), Sindorim Opera House and Guro Art Valley Arts Theater in South Korea (2018), many Brazilian cities and in all editions of the Brazilian Ukulele Festival.



  • naturæ (2018)
  • Live in Italy (2019)
  • Live Ukulele Here, There & Everywhere (2020)


  • Maria Madalena (2017)


  • Tostes, João. Dicionário de acordes essenciais para ukulele, 2020. ISBN 9786500004038 (ukulele chords dictionary)
  • Tostes, João. Ukulele transcriptions, 2018. ISBN 9788545526223 (songbook transcriptions with ukulele tablature and standard notation)
  • Tostes, João. Transcrições para ukulele, 2018. ISBN 9788545526216 (songbook transcriptions with ukulele tablature and standard notation)


In national workshops, João usually presents great repertoire and teaches music and musical theory, strumming, practice and so on[12][13].

Instruments and strings

João Tostes is known for playing Ohana Ukuleles, especially a tenor model TK-350G modified by himself, using a LR Baggs 5.0 pickup, with Aquila Strings, always Sugar or Lava models[5]. Tostes is endorsed by both brands[14][15].

In the media


In the media


  1. Tô Indo 18/08: Luthier mostra à Mário instrumentos que fabrica com recicláveis - TV Integração - Tô Indo - Catálogo de Vídeos, retrieved 2020-04-08
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "João Tostes: o ukulele instrumental brasileiro ao vivo pelo mundo em 4 anos de história". (in português do Brasil). Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Julkunen, Arto (2019). Global Ukulele - Past, Present and Practice. Finland: Aviador. pp. 32, 33. ISBN 9789527347010.
  4. Cody, Nick (2017-05-11). "João Tostes Trio". Original Ukulele Songs. Retrieved 2020-04-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Five Tips for Playing Live Ukulele". Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  6. "Dani Usero, Ukelele & Beatles | Revista independiente de música". (in español). Retrieved 2020-04-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. 7.0 7.1 Braziliense, Correio; Braziliense, Correio (2018-06-26). "Músico mineiro João Tostes lança álbum de ukulele". Correio Braziliense (in português do Brasil). Retrieved 2020-04-08.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 기자|, 김순희 (2018-08-22). "제13회 서울국제알로하우쿨렐레페스티벌 25일 개최 -" (in 한국어). Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  9. "Invasione dell'Ukulele a Vicenza: Al via lo storico festival dal mood hawaiano". Il Popolo Veneto (in italiano). 2018-06-30. Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  10. "UKULELE, A VICENZA IL FESTIVAL DEI MIGLIORI ARTISTI MONDIALI DELLA "CHITARRA DELLE HAWAII"". Storie Di Eccellenza (in italiano). 2018-04-27. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  11. "ABOUT US - O NÁS :: Ukulele-institute". (in čeština). Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  12. "Ouro Preto recebe UkeDay neste domingo". (in português do Brasil). Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  13. Eventos, Bh. "Notícia: Ouro Preto celebra a 39ª Semana do Aleijadinho". BH Eventos (in português). Retrieved 2020-04-12.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  14. "Endorsers". Aquila Corde Armoniche. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  15. Music, Ohana. "Friends of Ohana". Ohana Music. Retrieved 2020-04-08.

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