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Heritage Programs: Subcommittees: Cape Verdean Hall Of Fame 2006

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Victoria Tavares Vieira

Born into a musical family in the Fox Point neighborhood of Providence, Vickie’s beautiful singing voice was noticed at an early age. She was often called upon to sing at charity dances given by the women of the community. At the age of 19 she began singing in local bands with her brother Flash, always properly chaperoned.

Influenced by female jazz greats such as Lena Horne and Sarah Vaughn ,Vickie developed a style of interpreting Cape Verdean music with a jazz styling, often in duets with her brother, which made their music distinctly American Cape Verdean. Vickie also sang with big bands such as the Skyliners, the Duke Oliver Band and Phil Barboza’s Orchestra, making a record with this group. Vickie Vieira has performed throughout the East Coast. She is recognized as the premier female American Cape Verdean singer of her era.

In 1995 Vickie participated in the Festival of American Folk life as part of the Cape Verdean Connection’s Cape Verdean American Dance Band. She has musically participated in several Cape Verdean festivals, conferences and educational programs, including the So Sabi Festival sponsored by Boston Center For the Arts in 1976. She is featured on the CD “So Sabi: Cape Verdean Music From New England”.

When Aristedes Pereira, the first President of the Republic of Cape Verde, made his first visit to the United States, Vickie serenaded him and later gave a memorable performance at his meeting with the community.