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Tia Surica
Background information
Birth nameIranette Ferreira Barcellos
Also known asAunt Surica
Born (1940-11-17) November 17, 1940 (age 81)
Origin Madureira, Brazil
Genres Samba
Occupation(s)Singer, actress
Years active1966–actual
Website http://www.tiasurica.com.br/

Iranette Ferreira Barcellos (known as Tia Surica or Aunt Surica; born November 17, 1940, in Madureira, Brazil) is a Brazilian samba singer and actress.



Surica was born in Madureira in 1940 to Judith and Pio Barcellos. She attended the Portela School from age four. She was given her nickname Surica by her grandmother.

In 1966, she sang the carnival samba Memórias de um Sargento de Milícias, with Maninho and Catoni. The song was written by Paulinho da Viola. In 1980, she was part of the musical group Velha Guarda da Portela ("Old Guard of Portela").

In 2003, Surica released her first album, containing old songs of Portela, written by Monarco, Chico Santana and Anice.

Surica currently lives in Madureira village, close to the city, in her house called the Cafofo da Surica ("the sweet home of Surica"). Her house has become a meeting place for artists of the Portela School. [1] [2]

She has acted in a cameo role in the television programme City of Men and also in other roles in several TV shows and commercials.

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