Feliciano “Flash” Vierra Tavares
Father of the musically driven Tavares family, “Flash” Tavares was known for filling the Foxpoint community with Cape Verdean melodies. Born into a family of 10, his mother immigrated from Sao Nicolau in the Cape Verde Islands while his father was born in Santiago. Like many Fox Pointers, Flash was a self-taught musician who cultivated his remarkable musical intuition by listening to radio tunes as a child. Far from formal, Flash plucked his first strings on a hand-made ukulele only to graduate to a Salvation-Army donated two-string guitar at the age of seven. Flash jammed with various local Fox Point groups touring throughout New England and New York in the 1940’s . He often performed duets alongside his sister, Vickie Vieira Tavares. Flash was inducted into the 2006 Cape Verdean Museum Exhibit Hall of Fame for not only bringing together the Cape Verdean community with his blues beats and warming voice, but for his smooth fusing of jazz and traditional Cape Verdean sound. He died at age 88 in his home of Hyannis, MA, and is succeeded by his talented sons of the band, Tavares.
– Jeanine Mason & Cheyenne Morrin
The great Feliciano "Flash" Tavares (1920-2008)
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