Tag Archive: interviews

Jan 24 2012

“I challenged all the tough guys” – Mestre Bimba, 1973

Interview with Mestre Bimba Originally published in the Goiânia Gazette, in 1973 Source: Campo de Mandinga blog Mestre Bimba, tell us where you came from, your full name, and your story. My father was named Luis Pereira Machado, my mother was Maria Martinha do Bonfim, and my name is Manoel Reis Machado. Many people ask …

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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

Interview with Mestre Waldemar

Written by Luiz Renato Vieira From Capoeira Magazine #7, year II (pages 46-50) Translation into English: Shayna McHugh Source: http://eulanet.sites.uol.com.br By writing about Mestre Waldemar da Liberdade, also known as Waldemar da Paixão and Waldemar do Pero Vaz, we face the difficulty of tackling the life of a great capoeirista, someone who had the same status …

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Oct 28 2011

Interview with Mestre João Grande

Interview with Poloca conducted on Wednesday, September 1, 2004, at Ponta de Areia / Itaparica. Translated by Shayna McHugh, October 2005 Source: Nzinga website Expressing in words the emotions felt in these last fifteen days of August, during Mestre João Grande’s majestic passage through the city of Salvador, can seem difficult if we choose our words …

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Oct 28 2011

Interview with Mestre Gato Preto

Written by Roger Spock  Translation into English: Shayna McHugh Source: http://eulanet.sites.uol.com.br/ Mestre Gato Preto will turn seventy years old on March 19th of this year. He has spent over fifty years in capoeira and he’s still going strong, giving an example to the newer students. José Luiz Gabriel began Capoeira when he was eight years old. …

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Oct 28 2011

Interview with Mestre Bola Sete

Written by Luciano Milani Translated by Shayna McHugh Source: http://www.lmilani.com/m/content/view/496/91/ “Humility was the greatest lesson I learned in those 37 years of Capoeira Angola” José Luiz Oliveira Cruz (Mestre Bola Sete) was born on May 31, 1950. He began self-training capoeira in 1962, and in 1968 he began to train with the great capoeirista Pessoa Bababá, …

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Oct 28 2011

Interview with Mestre Boca Rica

Translation into English: Shayna McHugh Source: Revista União Capoeira, Ano 3, n. 6 – May 2006 How did you begin capoeira? I started capoeira very young; I don’t remember exactly when, because in that era we played capoeira more for fun. Today capoeira is a business, and everyone wants to make money. In the old …

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Oct 28 2011

Interview with Mestre Bigo

Written by Letícia Cardoso de Carvalho Translation into English: Shayna McHugh Source: http://eulanet.sites.uol.com.br/ Francisco Tomé dos Santos Filho (Mestre Bigo) was born in 1946 in Salvador, Bahia. He began capoeira in the mid-1950s, after watching a capoeira presentation in which he saw Mestre Pastinha and Mestre Cobrinha Verde playing. He trained in Mestre Pastinha’s Academy until …

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