Music and Song

Articles in this section pertains to music and songs in Capoeira, including but not limited to: lyrics, history of musical instruments, types of instruments etc.

Mestre Leopoldina Morreu
Mestre Barrão

Bayu Wicaksono 2015-02-15 17:41:19 UTC

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One of my favorite Mestre Barrão's songs describing the loss and longing when Mestre Leopoldina, a famous Capoeira Master, passed away. Mestre Leopoldina was also one of the historical figures of Capoeira and was famous for his malandragem (trickeries). It is said that he had been once the foreman of the King Zumbi of Quilombo dos Palmares, one of the most famous runaway slaves' settlements in Brazil.

Below is an excerpt of the song (click the link for the full song):

Mestre Leopoldina Morreu

Master Leopoldina's Passing

Hoje a saudade apertou no meu peito 
Quando meu berimbau se quebrou 

Today, the longing is so great (i.e. pressing on my chest)
When my Berimbau broke

Avisando que a Capoeira, entristeceu 
Que o saodoso Mestre foi embora 
Mestre Leopoldina morreu 

A warning of such sadness in Capoeira 
Leaving a hole in the heart when a Master passed away
Mestre Leopoldina had died
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Me Leva Pra Angola
Mestre Barrão

Bayu Wicaksono 2014-12-17 17:04:37 UTC

This is a very beautiful song by Mestre Barrão, telling the story about being taken from one's homeland (Angola), and the longing for it. This is one of the songs I can relate to as it takes me back to the memory and longing of my own home country, Indonesia. The song also talks about setting oneself free after being enslaved. Nowadays, one is enslaved by the materials of this world, be it career, house, properties, cars, computers etc. More often than not, these keep us from realizing that there are so many unfortunate people without houses, or even basic needs in the world (even surrounding us). This is why I love this song, as singing it always remind me to "free" myself from these attachment and keep in contact with families and friends abroad, longing and wondering if one day I can go back there again.

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Adeus Besouro
Mestre Barrão (Volume 7 CD)

Bayu Wicaksono 2014-11-26 17:19:17 UTC

Taken from Axé Capoeira CD Volume 7, this song is about Besouro Mangangá (Manoel Henrique Pereira - Born in Santo Amaro da Purificação, 1895 - 1924). Besouro was a Bahian capoeirista that early in the twentieth century became the ultimate symbol of Bahian capoeira. His fame reached the national level from the years 1930 and with the expansion of Capoeira to other continents, is internationalized (see: besouro-manganga). This song is written by Mestre Barrão, Axé Capoeira's founder.

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Sim Sim Sim, Não Não Não
Traditional Capoeira Song

Bayu Wicaksono 2014-10-28 19:25:09 UTC

This is an old, simple, traditional Capoeira song that everyone in the Capoeira world would know. It's so simple that every student/beginner in Capoeira would sing this song during their first class or instruction of Capoeira. However, with its simplicity, it also carries one of the greatest truth in life.

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Mundo Enganador
Mestre Barrão

Bayu Wicaksono 2014-10-28 00:07:17 UTC

Mestre Barrao Atabaque

Lyric to one of Master Barrão's song, Mundo Enganador, from one of Axé Capoeira CD. This song talks about Capoeira being a valuable legacy that is passed down from father to children (son/daughter).

Ah! Meu Deus quando eu partir
Desse mundo enganador
Pra meu filho eu deixarei
Uma coisa de valor, é é é.
Não é dinheiro, não é ouro, não é prata.
É um berimbau maneiro que eu ganhei do meu avô.

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