Category Archive: History

Jan 24 2012

Leetal Besouros: Empowering India’s street children with capoeira

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Leetal Besouros is an initiative by the students of Centre for Capoeira India to empower street children with the wonderful art of Capoeira. Currently the project is being run at a children’s shelter called, Vatsalya, in Mumbai. Enjoy this interview with Parikshit, the founder of the project! You can connect with Leetal Besouros on their …

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Oct 29 2011

Why sing Paraná ê?

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Written by Formada Ana Marley & Manuel de Querino Translated into English by Shayna McHugh Source: Capoeira Santista Much of capoeira’s philosophy and history is recorded between the lines of its songs, not forgetting that part of this history is linked with that of Brazil. This is why it’s important to research and question the meaning …

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Oct 26 2011

2009 – A Roda the Size of the World

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Bahia’s capoeira mestres, heirs of the legendary Bimba and Pastinha, circulate among more than 150 countries teaching the game-art. With the participation of Mestres Joao Pequeno, Joao Grande, Acordeon, Itapua, Camisa, Nenel, Curio, Boca Rica, Moraes, Janja, and Sabia. By Tatiana Mendonça Published May 10, 2009 in Revista Muito Translated into English by Shayna McHugh The two …

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Oct 26 2011

The Globalization of Capoeira

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Written by José Luiz Cirqueira Falcão What at the dawn of the 20th century was a practice largely confined to former slaves in Brazil has now, at the opening of the 21st century, become a practice taken up by people of every ethnic background from all walks of life, in over 130 countries. This article …

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Oct 26 2011

2009 – Capoeira of Peace: Project Organized by Brazilians in Jerusalem Continues Even During War

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Written by Ana Paula Pontes Source: Revista Crescer – Globo Translation into English by Shayna McHugh While the world watches yet another conflict unfold between Israelis and Palestinians in the Gaza strip, a project for peace manages to survive in Jerusalem. Created in 2003 by the Brazilian anthropologist Michel Gherman during a moment of turbulence in …

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Oct 26 2011

2008 – Capoeira’s “Old Guard” Gathers in Peace Roda

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Source: Correio da Bahia – December 27, 2008 Translation into English by Shayna McHugh Yesterday, almost 50 members of the “old guard” of capoeira angola in Bahia gathered together in yet another roda for peace. The event began at 5 PM on the Largo do Cruzeiro de São Francisco, in the Terreiro de Jesus. Around 100 …

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Oct 26 2011

2008 – Capoeira in Africa

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Although capoeira developed in Brazil, it has unmistakably African roots. Have you ever wondered if anyone practices capoeira on the African continent today? The answer is yes! Check out this overview of some of the groups currently playing the brincadeira de angola in Morroco, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Mozambique, South Africa, Guinea, and Senegal. Here is a video of …

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Oct 26 2011

Capoeira is Defense, Attack, Handling Oneself, and a Rascal’s Skills

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Written by Antonio Liberac Cardoso Simões Pires While strolling through the park in many parts of Brazil, one might happen upon a cultural exhibition known as “capoeira.” It is a warrior sport, practiced by men and women of all ages, which has spread throughout the world. The ritual practice takes the form of a circle …

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Oct 26 2011

The Black Guard: Capoeira in the Rough-and-Tumble of Politics

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Written by Carlos Eugênio Líbano Soares Of all the phenomena attending the abolition of slavery in Brazil at the close of the 19th century, one of the most commented on – and least examined – has been the so-called “Black Guard.” The episode survives in the mind’s eye as the story of a group of …

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Oct 26 2011

The War on Capoeira

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Written by Frederico Jose de Abreu One has no way of knowing precisely when the suppression of capoeira first came about. Here I approach the subject from the dawn of the nineteenth century, when controls on Negro festivities were tightened as Brazil’s slaveholding society became increasingly vigilant.   [important]Click here to download The War on Capoeira.[/important] …

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