Guinga (Carlos Althier de Souza Lemos Escobar) (born June 10, 1950) is a Brazilian guitarist and composer born in Madureira, a working-class suburb of Rio de Janeiro. Pale skinnned as a little boy, he was called "Gringo" by family members. Repeating the nickname, the child said "Guinga," which would become his artistic name. His uncle taught him to play the guitar when he was eleven years old. Guinga began composing music at the age of 14.