Berimbau e Capoeira

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Alex Pertout : The berimbau consist of a wooden stick which is strung with a steel string to form the bow shape, a gourd with an opening on one side which acts as a resonator, a coin or stone, a thin bamboo stick, and a basket shaker called caxixi. Traditionally in Capoeira (the Brazilian martial arts style) the berimbau rhythms are accompanied by the following percussion instruments; pandeiro (a tambourine with a head and flat jingles), agogo (two iron bells), reco reco (a bamboo scrapper) and atabaque (tall barrell style hand drum).

Raizes do Brasil : In 1834, a French writer name Jean-Baptiste Debret mentioned in one of his publications that berimbaus were used to attract customer’s attention on street fairs; to ethnomusicology researcher Tiago de Oliveira Pinto, Historians and other researches, berimbau is a Brazilian instrument with African roots that was later successfully incorporated into capoeira.

N. Scott Robinson. : The berimbau experienced a creative renaissance in 1960s Brazilian popular music, followed by its spread to areas outside Brazil and its use in 1970s international jazz.

Capoeirista : Berimbau capoeira music has many different rhythms, each one calling a different kind of game. Amazonas : A rhythm used by Master Bimba for variation. Angola : A slow game with lots of ground movements, trickery and specific traditions.etc.

Wikipedia : One popular explanation holds that it is an African fighting style that was developed in Brazil, as expressed by a proponent named Salvano, who said, “Capoeira cannot exist without black men but its birthplace is Brazil”.

Brazilianmusic.com : The official prohibition of Capoeira remained even after slavery was abolished in 1888. It was nevertheless practiced by the poorer population on public hollidays, during work-free hours and similar occasions. Riots, caused also by police interference, were common. Persecution and punishment were almost successful in eradicating Capoeira from the “streets” of Brazil by the 1920’s.

Planet Capoeira : Capoeiristas fall into two camps when it comes to singing capoeira songs in other languages. The people who are against it say that Portuguese is the traditional language of capoeira songs and we should preserve that tradition.

The Capoeira Blog : It is not easy to get the hang of stringing the berimbau (at least in my experience). If you’re having trouble, perhaps you forgot the lesson your mestre gave you, or maybe you just couldn’t follow along.