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João Gordo (born João Francisco Benedan on March 13, 1964 in Tucuruvi, Northeast Zone of São Paulo) is the vocalist of the Brazilian hardcore punk band Ratos de Porão,[1] also known simply as RxDxPx. He participated in many seminal punk events in Brazil, such as the collection entitled O Começo do Fim do Mundo (The Beginning of the End of the World).

João Gordo
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João Gordo in 2007
Background information
Birth nameJoão Francisco Benedan
Born (1964-03-13) March 13, 1964 (age 55)
Tucuruvi, Northeast Zone of São Paulo,  São Paulo
GenresHardcore punk, crossover thrash, punk rock, D-beat, thrash metal
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, musician, talk show host
Years active1980–present
LabelsBaratos Afins, Cogumelo, Gravadora Eldorado, Roadrunner, Century Media, Pecúlio Discos, Deckdisc
Associated actsRatos de Porão, Sepultura, D.F.C., Possuido Pelo Cão, Cólera

Besides several guest appearances in metal radio shows from São Paulo such as Backstage and Comando Metal (defunct, originally syndicated in São Paulo on 89.1 Rock FM). In the 1990s he became one of the most famous VJs of MTV Brasil, in their programs of games and talk shows. He also appeared on the studio version of "Reza" on Against (1998) and also contributed vocals to Nation (2001), and RDP's song "Crucificados Pelo Sistema" was covered by Sepultura way back when. He appeared on Sepultura's 2005 DVD Live in São Paulo, joining the band to perform "Reza" and "Biotech Is Godzilla".


  1. ^ Neder, Alvaro. "Biography: Ratos de Porão". Allmusic. Retrieved 11 June 2010.