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