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Capoeira angola

What is Capoeira angola ?

Capoeira angola is an african braszilian fight-dance, which emerged as a resistance against slavery in the 16th and 17th century. Banned an forbidden until the 20th century still, Capoeira is today one of the most important cultural goods of Brazil and fascinates more and more young and old people around the globe. In the elements fight, music, dance, acrobacy, play and fun everybody finds his/ her individual expression. One characteristic of the group Nigôlo is the imitation of movements from animals in the forest ... Give it a try !


Capoeira Training:

Capoeira Training Mar 2009

Training in Munich

Thursday, 19.30-21.30

hirschgarten Capoeira-Training* with Luca in the Freizeitstätte Hirschgarten, Arnulfstr. 251, 80639 München (Tram 16/17 from Central Station to Steubenplatz)

*In summer open rodas in the pavilion of the Hofgarten – watch out for announcements...

Other: For the training you need long sports-trousers, T-shirt, indoor sport-shoes, and your instrument (if you have one). Of course, one tryout training is free. Then, we raise a monthly contrubution of 25 € (15 € reduced) and a yearly membership-fee of 40 €. Individual solutions, e.g. during a temporary stay in Munich, can be discussed.


morro do chapeu Training in Morro do Chapéu

The Training in Morro do Chapéu is led by Mestre Lua Santana. It takes place on three nights of the week in the Oca da Minhoca. To find it, best ask in the city …

Little history of Capoeira

When 300 years ago the Bantu tribes of Africa were taken from their land, deported to Brazil and made slaves, they brought with them a ritual dance called “N'Golo” that became part of their heritage culture.
Using as basic movements this dance the Capoeira Angola evolved as movements of self-defence for the slaves – movements that were very well hidden within the dance movements.
There was as well a period of time in which the Capoeira became a street fight. Capoerista groups were fighting among each other and against the Government. In the middle of the 19th century Capoeira was forbidden to practice since the year 1937. In the 1920's and 30's the first academies were founded. Mestre Bimba created the "Capoeira regional", a very acrobatic and fast style, wihle Mestre Pastinha is considered the father of "Capoeira angola", a more traditional and ritual style.
Capoeira is played in the "roda", a circle which is formed by the musicians and other capoeiristas. Two capoeiristas start the "jogo" (play) which can be understood as a form of dialogue of offensive and defensive movements. A characteristic element of capoeira angola is the "malicia", a way to fool the opponent through fints or distractions. Each play of capoeira is individual and expresses attitude and experience of the players.

Music in Capoeira angola

Music is a fundamental element of the Capoeira. The basic instrument is the berimbau, that defines the rhythm and the type of game played. The berimbau is made of an arc of wood with a stainless steel string where the sound is amplified by a cabaça (natural amplifier made out of a sort of pumpkin shell). Traditionally in the Capoeira Angola game are used three types of berimbaus (Gunga, Medio and Viola). Berimbaus are accompanied by other afro-brasilian instruments such as pandeiros, tambor, agogô and reco-reco.
At the beginning of the game is played, with the instruments and sang, a ladainha, a story that ends with the salutation to God, to the big mestres and to the Capoeira. The game starts and is accompanied by the corridos, where a solo singer sings short phrases alternated with the chorus of capoeristas.


Abelha negra (Ladainha) ... Como é negra a santa noite - Trago as marcas dos acoites - Por onde meu sangue chorava - Meio braço é forte - Como era forte e tronco - Onde o negro fraco e tonto - Amarrado lamentava - Hoje eu sou livre - Mas não posso me esquecer - Que pra livre hoje eu sei - Muita gente já morreu - Mamãe é forte - Mal lembra do que passou - Mas na vida tudo passa - Mas esse tempo não passou - Quando eu me lembro - Do toque do Berimbau - Doe no coração da gente - Me da vontade de lutar - camaradinha...

Preto velho (Ladainha) ... Preto velho cuando louva - pede paz e proteção - Ele pede ao pai no ceu - informa a oração - que no mundo cresca paz - e da paz a união - camaradinha...

Amanha é dia santo (Ladainha) ... Amanha é dia santo - dia de corpo do Deus - que tem roupa vai a missa - que não tem vai como eu - camaradinha...

Saudações ... Iê, viva meu deus - Iê, viva Zumbi - Iê, viva Pastinha - Iê, viva meu mestre - Iê, quem me ensino - Iê, a capoeira - Iê, Aruande - Iê, faca de ponta - Iê, sabe fura - Iê, é mandingueiro - Iê, campo de batalho - Iê, campo de mandinga - Iê, galo canto - Iê, cocoroco - Iê, aquindere - Iê, joga pra aqui - Iê, joga pra lá - Iê, vamos se embora - Iê, para o mundo a fora - Iê, volta do mundo - Iê, que o mundo deu - Iê, que o mundo da

Bentivi cadê gavião (Corrido) ... Cadê gavião o cadê gavihão – Bentivi … - Presta muita atenção nada de alienação – Bentivi … - Capoeira Angola se joga no chão - Bentivi … - O jogo de Angola não é agressão - Bentivi

Eu sou Angoleiro (Corrido) ... Angoleiro sim senhor - Eu ... - Angoleiro sim senhor - Eu … - Angoleiro de valor - Eu … - Angoleiro sim senhor – Eu …

Parana ê, Paraná ê, Paraná (Corrido) ... Vou dizer minha mulher, Paraná - Capoeira me venceu, Paraná - Paraná ê… - Ela quis bater pé firme, Paraná - Isso não aconteceu, Paraná – Parane ê … - Oh Paraná ê, Paraná - Paraná ê, Paraná – Parana ê … - Assim dera que o morro, Paraná - Se mudou para a cidade, Paraná - Paraná ê … - é batuque todo dia, Paraná - Mulata de qualidade, Paraná … Paraná ê… - Vou me embora pra Bahia, Paraná - Eu aqui não fico não, Paraná - Paraná ê … - Se não for essa semana, Paraná - é a semana que vem, Paraná - Paraná ê… - Dou no escondo a ponta, Paraná - Ninguém sabe desatar, Paraná - Paraná ê… - Eu sou braço de maré, Paraná - Mas eu sou maré sem fim, Paraná - Paraná ê…

Santa Maria mãe de Deus (Corrido) ... Fui na igreja não me confessei - Santa Maria … - Fui na igreja não me confessei – Santa Maria …

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update 08/2009