Silverio Pessoa is a musician born on 6 January 1962 in Carpina, a city in the Northern Forest Zone of Pernambuco. As a child, Silverio Pessoa used to hear ‘forró’ songs, ‘maracatu rural’ and other regional rhythms performed on Radio Planalto de Carpina, which somehow helped to make him a connoisseur of the genre; another important influence was to listen to regional music performed by Ivete, his mother, who was an accordion teacher.
Besides the musical vocation, Silverio was also a teacher. He graduated in Education from the Federal University of Pernambuco, with expertise in school administration and tutoring, has worked on social projects related to education and was a State school teacher in Moreno, a town situated 28 km from Recife.
He began his musical career in the Cascabulho band (a Recife ‘‘Manguebeat’ group) in 1994. In this band, he played drums and sung songs by Jackson do Pandeiro, a singer and composer from Alagoa Grande, Paraiba, known as the King of Rhythm. With this band he toured throughout Canada, USA and Germany. In 1997, Silverio Pessoa attended the Free Jazz and three versions of the April Pro Rock Festival. In 1999, he received the Sharp Music Award in the best singer category.
Since 2003, when he began his solo career, Silverio Pessoa has kept an annual schedule with shows abroad while being based in France.
In 2006, he was the TIM Award winner as the best singer in the Regional Category.
After leaving Cascabulho, Silverio Pessoa recorded the following CDs: Bate o Mancá: o povo dos canaviais (2001), based on the work of Jacinto Silva, a singer from Alagoas based in Caruaru; Batidas urbanas (Microbe Project) (2003); Cabeça elétrica, coração acústico (2005). In 2006, the Biscoito Fino Label launched the collection 100 anos de frevo: é de perder o sapato, divided into two CDs, which had the participation of several renowned MPB (Brazilian Popular Music) artists, such as Gilberto Gil, Caetano Veloso, Alceu Valença, Maria Betânia, Elba Ramalho, Geraldo Azevedo, Chico Buarque and others. In this collection, Silverio Pessoa participated by singing Atrás do trio elétrico by Caetano Veloso. The album featured the instrumental performance of the Spok Frevo Orchestra.
He also performed at the event Multicultural Carnival of Recife on Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, with the presence of Frevioca, Spok Frevo Orquestra, Lula Queiroga, Alceu Valença, Monobloco, Estrela Brilhante, Escola de Frevo and Caboclinho Sete Flechas.
The same show was brought to the stage of Circo Voador, having also the presence of Lirinha, the lead singer of Cordel do Fogo Encantado. That same year, Silveiro made his tenth tour to Europe, remaining there for about three months.
Silverio Pessoa’s work is based on the folk songs of his region and is characterised by the contemporary treatment given to the repertoire of folk songs from Pernambuco, fusing rhythms of the ‘coco’, ‘baião’ and ‘maracatu’ without spoiling the original work.
Recife, 17 May 2011.
Translated by Peter Leamy, March 2012.
DICIONÁRIO Cravo Albin da Música popular brasileira. Available at: <http://www.dicionariompb.com.br/silveriopessoa/dados-artisticos>. Access: 4 maio 2011.
PHAELANTE, Renato. MPB: compositores pernambucanos: coletânea bio-musico-fonografica. Recife: CEPE, 2010.
SILVÉRIO Pessoa [Photo in this text]. Available at: <http://blog.tribunadonorte.com.br/agitosebaladas/files/2014/10/silveriopessoa.jpg>. Access: 10 jan. 2018.
SILVÉRIO Pessoa é ovacionado em aula inaugural da Católica. Disponível em: <www.unicap.br/ihu/?p=1243>. Acesso em: 8 mar. 2011.
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Source: ANDRADE, Maria do Carmo. Silvério Pessoa. Pesquisa Escolar Online, Joaquim Nabuco Foudation, Recife. Available at: <http://basilio.fundaj.gov.br/pesquisaescolar>. Accessed: day month year. Exemple: 6 Aug. 2009.