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Heritage Programs: Subcommittees: Cape Verdean Hall Of Fame 2006

Feliciano Vieira Tavares

Feliciano “Flash” Vierra Tavares grew up in a large musical family in the midst of the Cape Verdean Community in Fox Point. He made his first ukulele from a cigar box and 4 elastics. Flash was a self- taught musician who played both American Jazz and traditional Cape Verdean music.

Playing the guitar and singing, often duets with his sister Vickie, He toured New England and New York in the 1940’s. On a trip to California with the Jimmy Barros Band he co-wrote the song “Sacramente”, which became one of his signature songs.

Returning from California, Flash continued playing in the New England area. He has performed for many dances, celebrations and events in the Cape Verdean community throughout the years, often contributing his talent for good causes.

In 1995 Flash performed with the Cape Verdean American Dance Band in the Cape Verdean Connection at the Smithsonian’s Festival of American Folklife. In 1996 he participated in the So Sabi Festival sponsored by Boston Center For the Arts. He is featured on the CD “So Sabi: Cape Verdean Music from New England”.

Flash is father of the members of the Rhythm and Blues group Tavares.