Sebastião Tapajós, an icon of Pará culture and one of the

One of the greatest Brazilian guitarists, Sebastião Pena Marcião, from Pará, known as Sebastião Tapajós, died last Saturday night (2), aged 79, in Santarém (PA), victim of an acute myocardial infarction.

Sebastião Tapajós is an icon of Pará culture and has released more than 50 albums. In 2013, he received the title of Doctor honoris causa of the State University of Pará (UEPA) and of the Federal University of the West of Pará (UFOPA).

Born in Alenquer (PA), he was introduced to the guitar during his childhood. He trained as a professional guitarist at the National Conservatory of Music in Lisbon, in the 1960s, and performed dozens of concerts in Portugal and Spain.

Back in Pará, Sebastião Tapajós taught at the Carlos Gomes de Belém Conservatory until 1967.

Throughout his career, he formed partnerships with MPB giants, such as Hermeto Pascoal, Sivuca and Joel do Bandolim.

In Europe, the Brazilian musician has performed hundreds of concerts, and is particularly acclaimed in Germany.

Sebastião Tapajós spent his last years in Santarém, alongside his wife Tanya Maria Figueiredo Marcião.

Since 2017, Instituto Sebastião Tapajós has worked to publicize and systematize the musician’s legacy.

In 2018, a tribute was given to him at the Casa da Cultura, in Santarém, with the theme “Santarém do Tapajós: downstream river upstream”. At the time, a municipal law was signed that granted the musician a lifetime pension, in gratitude for his contributions to the dissemination of local culture.

Edition: Daniel Giovanaz

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