Grande Otelo

Grande Otelo (October 18, 1915 – November 26, 1993) was the stage name of Brazilian actor, comedian, singer, and composer Sebastião Bernardes de Souza Prata. Otelo was born in Uberlândia, and was orphaned as a child. He kept running away from the families that adopted him; only when he took up art did his life become settled.

Grande Otelo started his film career in 1935 in the movie Noites Cariocas. He was also renowned for the comic duo he formed with Oscarito.

He died, aged 78, in Charles de Gaulle Airport, near Paris, France.

Birth and Death Data: Born October 18th, 1915 (Uberlândia), Died November 26th, 1993 (Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport)

Date Range of DAHR Recordings: 1942

Roles Represented in DAHR: composer, songwriter


Company Matrix No. Size First Recording Date Title Primary Performer Description Role Audio
Victor S-052578 10-in. 7/10/1942 Desperta Brasil Linda Batista Female vocal solo composer  
Victor S-052579 10-in. 7/10/1942 Vitória amarga Linda Batista Female vocal solo songwriter  


Discography of American Historical Recordings, s.v. "Grande Otelo," accessed October 24, 2020,

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"Grande Otelo." Discography of American Historical Recordings. UC Santa Barbara Library, 2020. Web. 24 October 2020.

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