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Severino Dias de Oliveira (26 March 1930, Itabaiana, Brazil – 14 December 2006, João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil), popularly known as Sivuca, was a Brazilian accordionist and guitarist. In addition to his home state of Paraíba, and cities Recife and Rio de Janeiro, he worked and lived in Paris, Lisbon, and New York on and off throughout his life.

He is best known internationally for his work with Scandinavian jazz musicians in the 1980s. His most famous songs are the Brazilian popular classic João e Maria with lyrics by Chico Buarque and the accordion standard Feira de Mangaio. He is famous for his use of makeshift instruments playing alongside conventional ones and for his versatility, fusing traditional regional styles such as forró and Chorinho with jazz, bossa, classical, and other musical forms.

Sivuca and Hermeto Pascoal, both versatile multi-instrumentalists with albinism, have worked together and are sometimes confused with each other.

His professional career began in Pernambuco where he went at the age of 15, and continued in his first album with Humberto Teixeira (1950), leading to work in radio and television in Rio de Janeiro from 1955. With "Os Brasileiros" he toured Europe (1958). He moved to New York (1964-76) and worked with Miriam Makeba and Harry Belafonte among others. Archival footage of his work with Makeba can be seen in Mika Kaurismäki's documentary Mama Africa (2011).

He recorded with Putte Wickman (P.W. & Sivuca, 1969), Ulf Wakenius's "Guitars Unlimited" (1987) and Sylvia Vrethammar (Rio de Janeiry Blue, 1985; Rendezvois in Rio, 1995). His "Sivuca Brazilian Group" toured Scandinavia in 1990.

He was hospitalized on 12 December and died on 14 December 2006, after a two-year struggle with cancer.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1973 Sivuca Sivuca 1
1980 Forró e Frevo Sivuca 1
2004 Cada Um Belisca Um Pouco Dominguinhos, Sivuca & Oswaldinho 1
Enfim Solo Sivuca 1
Pau Doido Sivuca 1
Terra Esperança Sivuca 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Seleção De Ouro - Sivuca Sivuca 1

Album + Live

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1977 Gravado ao Vivo Sivuca & Rosinha de Valença 1

Unspecified type

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
Cabelo de Milho Sivuca 1

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