Why learn capoeira songs?
"Capoeira Angola is culture and oral tradition. We must always remember to preserve
this large African heritage that orally transmits all the knowledge about life, nature, ritual, magic, music, ultimately all
connected with the life of the human being here on the earth with its material and spiritual richness. The music
of Capoeira Angola is also part of this musical and spiritual African heritage, and passed through generations giving form
to the ritual of Capoeira and at the same time giving freedom of expression and creativity to each master and student of Capoeira
Angola... We must recognize, in this new milennium with all its technological innovations and cultural, social, ethnic, spiritual,
political, and economic changes, the necessity of preserving this oral tradition so as not to risk losing this cultural and
~ From the introduction to the FICA-Salvador songbook. My translation.
Everyone must sing in order to contribute to the energy and axé of the
roda. Also, learning the songs provides a way to begin learning the Portuguese language. Finally, as the above passage describes,
the lyrics are a gold mine of knowledge and wisdom. Therefore, I've provided some links to databases of capoeira song lyrics
- this way you can look up the words to your favorite songs and sing them with confidence instead of making up Portuguese-sounding
Capoeira4All - (and click on "Songs" on the left) - capoeira and maculele lyrics
with English translations
beribazu.co.uk - click on "Multimedia," then scroll down for songs/instrument downloads
TABCAT Columbus - Their music section has lyrics, translations, pronunciation, and sound
Can be bought on amazon.com (search the music section for "capoeira"), capoeira-shop.com, and many other places on the web, such as individual groups' websites. If
you have capoeira in your area, you can buy CDs from local instructors at classes, batizados, performances, and other events.
Reviews of capoeira CDs can be found at capoeiragem.com and planetcapoeira.com.