Ferreira was born in the cigar-manufacturing town of Amaceyes Tamboril, near Santiago in the Cibao region of the
north-western Dominican Republic. The region is famous for merengue périco ripiao, the traditional Dominican
music, and his family, all big music lovers, filled his childhood home with the music spurring Zacarías on to dream
of becoming a musical artist himself.
The desire to improve himself motivated him to leave for the country’s capital, Santo Domingo, where he joined the
Conservatorio Nacional and also sang in a local bachata group.
Ferreira then became a member of the Brugal rum company orchestra, where he remained for five years. His debut
album, Me Liberé, was released in 1997 and won the prestigious Dominican music award, the Cassandra. Three
years later his second album, El Triste, won the award for him for a second time.
In the winter of 2001, Ferreira traveled to the United States for the first time and played 77 gigs in just six-and-a-half
weeks in New York.
August 17, 2010 Zacarías Ferreira inaugurated Escuela primaria de Amaceyes Arriba, which he built with his long
time friend Elvis jesus Rodriguez.