Flávia Ferreira, youngest child of Otávio and Laura Ferreira,
was born in Afogados
da Ingazeira, Pernambuco, where she went to school from elementary
to high school.
Music was part of her world since very early in her life. At eight years
old, she began playing cavaquinho that she learned at home, watching
her father and brothers playing. After the cavaquinho, Flávia
learned how to play guitar and accordion. By that time, very
attached to her brother Bernard, she already accompanied him
on the guitar while he improvised jazz tunes.
She took part of the Domingos Alegres, a radio talent
show presented by Waldecy Xavier Menezes, and in plays staged
at the Cine San Jose auditorium. Later, she took part of an
orchestra that Dinamerico “Seu Dino” Lopes
was the conductor. Afogados da Ingazeira has always been a
city highly developed in terms of arts-related activities.
Flavinha has always lived among artists. Her sister Lourdinha, who has
a different style, also played the accordion very well and
made duet with brother Bernardo. Flavinha lived her youth playing
until 1966, when Bernard died. After his death, she spent a
year without playing and later the family moved to Recife.
When she went back to the guitar, she improved a technique
that she and her brother used when playing together.