How to make the Reco-Reco Capoeira Musical Instrument

The Reco-Reco is one of the 5 traditional afro-brazilian instruments that typically make up the full Capoeira Bateria, along with the Berimbau, Atabaque, Pandeiro and Agogô. Pronounced "Heko-heko", its name mimics the sound it makes - Reco-reco-rec-O! While on the one hand the instrument is very easy to play, it's not without it's challenges. The … Continue reading How to make the Reco-Reco Capoeira Musical Instrument

The 8 Training Sequences of Mestre Bimba

Mestre Bimba created eight training sequences, which he considered covered the basic fundamental moves of capoeira. These sequences served as a didactic tool, and thus help new capoeiristas to enter the roda and learn the art of the game. This contribution was revolutionary, so much so that nowadays capoeiristas from all over the world still … Continue reading The 8 Training Sequences of Mestre Bimba

How to make a Berimbau: Part 2 – Choosing and Making the Cabaça

At the basic level, the size of the cabaça determines whether the berimbau will be a viola, medio or gunga. Viola The Viola is the smallest of the 3, and therefore has the highest pitch. Generally, they pair better with a stiffer verga (translate that to portuguese at your peril!). The viola is usually the … Continue reading How to make a Berimbau: Part 2 – Choosing and Making the Cabaça

How to make a Berimbau: Part 1 – Preparing the Biriba

There are many elements that make up a well rounded Capoerista. A wide range of movements, skill in the roda, awareness of the rhythm and style of game, malicía and mandinga, musical and singing ability, understanding of the culture and history of capoeira, to name but a few. The berimbau is central to capoeira. Without … Continue reading How to make a Berimbau: Part 1 – Preparing the Biriba