Meet Jongo – Capoeira’s Party Loving Cousin…

Pisei na pedraA pedra balanceouLevanta meu povoCativeiro se acabou Ponto de Jongo Jongo (also known as caxambu or tabu), like Capoeira, is an Afro-Brazilian folkloric tradition that originated in the coffee plantations in the Paraíba Valley, between Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo. It's roots can be traced even further back to the Bantu people of the … Continue reading Meet Jongo – Capoeira’s Party Loving Cousin…

Camugerê – Capoeira Song Lyrics and English Translation

Camugerê (or Camujerê) was the name of a large Quilombo that existed in Brazil back in the days of slavery. Quilombos were communities hidden deep in the jungle, settled by the enslaved Africans who had managed to escape from captivity. Life in a Quilombo in 16th Century Brazil PortugueseEnglish Camugerê, Como vai, como tá?CamugerêComo vai … Continue reading Camugerê – Capoeira Song Lyrics and English Translation

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

Interview with Mestre Zé Antonio – Barracão da Capoeira

José Antônio dos Santos de Almeida, AKA Mestre Zé Antônio, was born in Guaratinguetá-SP on 07/01/1958. He began Capoeira at age 15 with Cledir Fitipaldi. In this interview he shares with us not only his experiences in Capoeira, but also talks about the importance of music in his life, and the afro-brazilian folkloric dance Jongo. … Continue reading Interview with Mestre Zé Antonio – Barracão da Capoeira