BRAZIL: Transformation Through Art and Music

By Mario Osava

Credit:Mario Osava/IPS
Credit:Mario Osava/IPS

SÃO LUIS, Brazil, Dec 17 (IPS) – They call it an orchestra, but this atypical all-percussion group is far from featuring the range of musicians found in a conventional ensemble. Which does not mean that the music they make is not rich and varied, as the young amateur musicians produce an amazing array of sounds.

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Capoeira in Beijing seeks local following


The elderly who exercised or gathered at the Temple of Heaven were captivated by two foreign men who one day appeared and performed some kind of street dance. The old people were curious about the movements. Later, they were taught to play strange musical instruments to accompany the dance.

This was a scene that appeared in a program produced by, an Internet TV station that focuses on Beijing life. Jamel Mims and Leroy Philpotts were the men on the show, doing Capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian dance form that incorporates self-defense maneuvers and is now finding a following in Beijing. Continue reading “Capoeira in Beijing seeks local following”

Interview with Mestre Marcelo: Meet the real Eddy Gordo!

Real Eddy Gordo - Mestre Marcelo Caveirinha
Eddy Gordo in Tekken 3

This interview is from GamePro Online Magazine. It was deleted and found on web-archive, so I just post it here.

Editor’s Exclusive: Meet the real Eddy Gordo!

Scary Larry interviews capoeria artist Marcel Pereira—the man who gave Tekken 3’s Eddy Gordo his moves.

Marcelo Pereira was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil. He has been involved with theater since 1970. He started playing (dancing, entertaining, fighting) capoeira as a child on the streets, and was later referred to one of the most famous capoeira masters, Mestre Suassuna.

He opened his own school, Associacao de Capoeira Senzala Grande in 1979, and in 1984, came to the U.S. to perform and teach. He then founded The Capoeira Institute Inc., and Brazil Dance Revue, but his school’s traditional name as of today is Capoeira Mandinga.

Namco motion captured Marcelo’s smooth moves for Eddy Gordo in Tekken 3. As Namco preps Tekken 3 and Eddy Gordo for the PlayStation, GamePro found out more about the art of capoeria from the master himself. Continue reading “Interview with Mestre Marcelo: Meet the real Eddy Gordo!”

“Capoeira Shanghai” lyrics

Shanghai tambem tem
Tem Capoeira
E o grupo qual e
E Capoeira Mandinga
(Solo sings then chorus repeats)

Capoeira globalizada
Nasceu como uma flor
No meio da China
E Capoeira de valor

Ohhhhh no parque Zhong-shang
Nao esquece de mandar
Um abraco pro Guerreiro
E o povo que esta la

Shanghai tambem tem
Entra pra jogar
Toca, canta e bate palma
Pra a roda animar

Written by Contra Mestre Batatinha

About third rule of Bimba


Moral: Remember rules of Mestre Bimba, especially rule no.3:

  1. Quit smoking.
  2. Quit drinking, alcohol is bad for your metabolism.
  3. Do not show off your progresses to your friends outside the roda. Hold them back and surprise people with them in a fight.
  4. Avoid conversation while training. Be quiet while in the academy and, by observing the other fighters, learn more.
  5. Always practice the ginga.
  6. Practice the fundamental exercises daily.
  7. Do not be afraid to get close to your opponent. The closer your keep, the more you will learn.
  8. Keep your body relaxed.
  9. It is better to get beat up in the roda than on the streets.

Capoeira Songs Lyrics

A capoeira bateria led by Mestre Cobra Mansa featuring three berimbaus and a pandeiroCapoeira Song Compendium Version 1.0 International (PDF, 400 Kb)
A compendium of the most widely sung Capoeira songs with their English translations. Plus a guide on Brazilian Portuguese pronunciation, a capoeira glossary, an article about religion and its connection to Capoeira and other articles about Capaoeira songs.

Capoeira Lyrics: Cantigas, Ladainhas, Maculelê (PDF, 1 Mb)
Popular Capoeira’s songs lyrics, 60 pages without translation.

Capoeira’s Songs Lyrics Pack (.doc in zip-archive, 187 kb)
8 documents with popular songs lyrics.

About our Mestre. Mestre Marcelo Caveirinha

From the age of 14 Mestre Marcelo studied under Mestre Suassuna. In 1984, Mestre Marcelo left Brazil and settled in the United States at which time there were only two other practitioners teaching Capoeira. Capoeira Mandinga, Mestre Marcelo’s organization, is a brother organization to Cordão de Ouro and is represented throughout the USA, in Israel, New Zealand, Mexico and now China. The Mestre is also known for his part in creating the character Eddy Gordo for the video game Tekken 3.

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