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Vange Leonel
Maria Evangelina Leonel Gandolfo

(1963-05-04)4 May 1963
Died14 July 2014(2014-07-14) (aged 51)
São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
Resting placeCemitério Horto da Paz, Itapecerica da Serra, São Paulo, Brazil
OccupationSinger-songwriter, journalist, novelist, playwright, chronicler, activist
Years active1985–2014
Partner(s)Cilmara Bedaque
Musical career
GenresPost-punk, alternative rock
InstrumentsVocals, rhythm guitar
LabelsCBS Records International, Sony Music Entertainment, Medusa Records
Associated actsNau

Maria Evangelina Leonel Gandolfo (4 May 1963 – 14 July 2014), known as Vange Leonel, was a Brazilian singer-songwriter, rhythm guitarist, journalist, blogger, chronicler, novelist, playwright, beer sommelier, and feminist and LGBT activist. Known for her distinctive soulful, bluesy vocals heavily inspired by Billie Holiday and Janis Joplin, she was famous for her work with post-punk band Nau, active from 1985–89, before beginning a solo career in 1991.


Vange Leonel was born in São Paulo in 1963; great-granddaughter of General Ataliba Leonel, who fought in the 1932 Constitutionalist Revolution,[1] and cousin of former Titãs member Nando Reis,[2] her first musical ventures were with the post-punk band Nau (Portuguese for "carrack"), which was founded in 1985. Nau released an eponymous album by CBS in 1987, and also took part in the compilation Não São Paulo, Vol. 2, released by Baratos Afins; however, it would disband in 1989, after plans for a second studio album fell through, and Vange followed with a solo career.

Her first solo album, Vange, was released in 1991 by Sony Music Entertainment, and spawned her most well-known song, "Noite Preta", which was used as the opening theme of the popular Brazilian telenovela Vamp.[3] Another song off the album, "Esse Mundo", would be used as the opening theme for another telenovela, Perigosas Peruas.

Her second solo release, the EP Vermelho, came out in 1996 by the independent label Medusa Records, founded by Vange and her domestic partner, journalist Cilmara Bedaque, in the same year.[4] Bedaque also co-authored numerous of Vange's songs since the times of Nau. Vermelho was not as well-regarded as her previous album though, and Vange abandoned the musical career to devote herself to literature.[citation needed]

Vange came out as a lesbian in 1995, and since then began to milit toward the gay cause and women's rights.[5] In 1999 she published her first book, Lésbicas, that was followed by Grrrls: Garotas Iradas in 2001; both were compilations of articles she wrote for now-defunct LGBT magazine Sui Generis from 1997 to 2000. She also wrote for the Revista da Folha, CartaCapital and Mix Brasil, and alongside Cilmara Bedaque she also had a beer-related blog named "Lupulinas".[6]

In 2000, she wrote her first theatre play, As Sereias da Rive Gauche, that was performed in the same year under Regina Galdino's direction[7] and published as a book in 2002.[8] Her first and only novel, Balada para as Meninas Perdidas, was released in 2003.[citation needed]

Her fifth and last literary work was the play Joana Evangelista, which came out in 2006; a modern-day reimagining of Joan of Arc's life, it deals with the theme of abortion.[9]

In a 2012 interview, Vange stated that she was working on a translation to Portuguese of Djuna Barnes' 1928 novel Ladies Almanack.[10] Since then, however, no further announcements regarding the translation were given, and it is unknown if she got to finish the translation prior to her death.

Death and legacy

In mid-June 2014, Vange was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and was admitted to the Santa Isabel Hospital in São Paulo for treatment. The cancer eventually metastasized to her gastric mucosa, evolving to a terminal stage; thus, whatever treatment proved to be unsuccessful, and Vange died, aged 51, on 14 July 2014.[11] She was cremated and her ashes were buried the next day at the Horto da Paz Cemetery, in Itapecerica da Serra.[12]

On 6 November 2014, Vange was posthumously awarded the Order of Cultural Merit.[13]

Personal life

Vange began a relationship with Cilmara Bedaque in 1986, and the couple registered their domestic partnership in 1995. It lasted until Vange's death in 2014.[citation needed]


With Nau

Year Album
1987 Não São Paulo, Vol. 2 (compilation)
1987 Nau
  • Label: CBS
  • Format: Vinyl
2005 The Sexual Life of the Savages (compilation)
2018 O Álbum Perdido do Nau (compilation; posthumous)
  • Label: Deckdisc
  • Format: Digital download


Year Album
1991 Vange
  • Label: Sony
  • Format: Vinyl, CD
1996 Vermelho (EP)
  • Label: Medusa Records
  • Format: CD

As a session member



  • Lésbicas (1999)
  • Grrrls: Garotas Iradas (2001)
  • As Sereias da Rive Gauche (2002)
  • Balada para as Meninas Perdidas (2003)
  • Joana Evangelista (2006)


  1. ^ Vange Leonel #minasprogramam
  2. ^ Nau's biography by former member Zique (in Portuguese)
  3. ^ Cantoras do Brasil - Vange Leonel (in Portuguese)
  4. ^ Vange mostra "Vermelho". Folha de S.Paulo, 13 December 1996 (in Portuguese)
  5. ^ A força do arco-íris. Camila Antunes, Veja, 25 June 2003 (in Portuguese)
  6. ^ Lupulinas official blog; accessed 25 August 2017. (in Portuguese)
  7. ^ Vange Leonel estreia peça sobre lésbicas dos anos 20, Marcelo Rubens Paiva, Folha de S.Paulo, 20 June 2000 (in Portuguese)
  8. ^ Vange Leonel lança segunda-feira o livro "As Sereias da Rive Gauche". Folha de S.Paulo, 13 September 2002 (in Portuguese)
  9. ^ Novo texto de Vange Leonel enfoca aborto. Folha de S.Paulo, 2006 (in Portuguese)
  10. ^ "No Brasil ainda tem muito artista dentro do armário", diz Vange Leonel. Paco Llistó and Lufe Steffen, A Capa, 6 February 2012 (in Portuguese)
  11. ^ Morre cantora Vange Leonel aos 51 anos,; accessed 25 August 2017. (in Portuguese)
  12. ^ "Corpo de Vange Leonel é velado em São Paulo",; accessed 25 August 2017. (in Portuguese)
  13. ^ Ministério da Cultura - OMC 2014; accessed 25 August 2017. (in Portuguese)

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