Tag Archive: angola

Oct 28 2011

Mestre Moraes’ Blog

Mestre Moraes is the founder of GCAP (Grupo de Capoeira Angola Pelourinho) as well as an English professor and social historian. He was an extremely important part of the revitalization of capoeira angola in the 1980s. On his blog, Mestre Moraes posts song lyrics, thoughts about capoeira, and more. In Portuguese. Some of my favorite …

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Oct 28 2011

Music in Bahia’s Capoeira Angola

Capoeira is more than just a sport to which music is indispensable. It is also a philosophy of life, rooted in fundamentals that speak of freedom and knowing oneself. Capoeiristas are also musicians, for they sing and play the berimbau, caxixi, pandeiro, agogo, atabaque and reco-reco. The melodies can be rhyming prose, or songs with …

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Oct 28 2011

Capoeira Angola Ritual Circle Performance

Written by Rosa Maria Araujo Simões We generally observe, in the discourse and teachings of angola mestres, some emphasis on the preservation of tradition and the fundamentals of Angola-style capoeira. Among these we would highlight, as examples, respect, justice, humility and patience. All of these virtues can be seen in full bloom in the organization …

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Oct 28 2011

La Capoeira – 1963

Short documentary produced by french television in 1963 (audio in french). It shows Mestre Pastinha and his students (among them, Mestre João Pequeno) playing capoeira in a beach that seems to be Itapoan’s Lighthouse (Salvador). Mestre Pastinha plays berimbau, while Mestre João Pequeno sings and plays capoeira with Mestre Waldomiro Malvadeza. Posted on YouTube by teimosia

Oct 28 2011

Mestres João Grande and João Pequeno play in 1968

Check out these two clips of Mestres João Pequeno and João Grande playing in 1968. The first is an excerpt from the movie “Dança de Guerra” directed by Jair Moura. Mestres João Grande and João Pequeno play, while Mestres Noronha and Maré sing. Posted on YouTube by Teimosia. The second clip shows Mestres João Pequeno …

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Oct 28 2011

Quotes from Mestre Pastinha – 1967

Translated by Shayna McHugh from the article It’s a fight, it’s a dance, it’s capoeira by Roberto Freire in Revista Liberdade – February 1967. Here are some quotes attributed to Mestre Pastinha: “One day, I wrote everything that I think about capoeira on that plaque on the door of my Academy. On top, only three words: Angola, …

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Oct 28 2011

Interview with Mestre Paulo dos Anjos

Written by Adriano Chediak Source: Revista Capoeira Translated into English by Shayna McHugh Few of today’s capoeira practitioners stick so close to the art’s traditions and originality as José Paulo dos Anjos. He passed away in March of 1999 in Salvador, the victim of an infection contracted after a surgery in a local hospital. His death …

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Oct 28 2011

Mestre Pelé: The “Golden Throat” of Bahia

Written by Lúcia Correia Lima Translation into English by Shayna McHugh “Iêêêêêêêê!” Whoever hears the call of Natalício Neves da Silva (Mestre Pelé) along with the first notes of the berimbau, never forgets it. His expressive voice is capable of taking us through 500 years of history and making us aware of the liberating power …

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Oct 28 2011

Interview with Mestre Ananias

Source: Capoeira4all Translation into English by Shayna McHugh  Mestre Ananias is one of the icons of capoeira in São Paulo. At 81 years old, he embodies the fusion of African heritage with the Brazilian people. He lives capoeira, samba, and candomblé without separating them. Mestre Ananias was born in 1924 in São Felix, a region of …

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Oct 28 2011

These days Waldemar only plays berimbau, but don’t be fooled

Written by Cristina Cardoso This article is from the newspaper Diário de Notícias in Salvador. It was published on October 10, 1970 and reprinted in the book O Barracão do Mestre Waldemar by Frederico Abreu. Translation into English by Shayna McHugh Mestre Waldemar do Pero Vaz, besides making the best berimbaus in Bahia, is a great capoeirista among the …

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