Enjoy the video from our roda in ZhongShan Park on May 1st!!http://capoeirashanghai.com/video/Roda_ZhongShan_Park_May2010.mp4
Roda and capoeira show at Shanghai Brazilian Day 2009 during Capoeira Mandinga Shanghai II Annual Batizado.http://capoeirashanghai.com/video/Brazilian_Day_Shanghai_2009.flv
Lo-fi quality video (faster):
Maculelê show at Shanghai Brazilian Day 2009 during Capoeira Mandinga Shanghai II Annual Batizado.
Did you hear something about “berimbau blues”? No?! Just watch.
And what about electric berimbau…
via capoeira forums
“Beetle” tells the “true story” of Besouro, a Capoeira master living in 1920s Brazil. The film’s title comes from the name Besouro Manganga, which is a large and dark species of maybug.
According to legends surrounding the historical figure, Besouro was known to vanish whenever he was faced with an uneven fight. This grew into the myth that Besouro had supernatural powers and could dodge bullets and even turn himself into a beetle to scare his opponents.
More grounded details on Besouro suggest he was a rebellious migrant worker who frequently used his Capoeira skills to get into physical conflicts with landowners and police. He died in 1924 at the age of 27 after suffering stab wounds from a knife.
Ku Huan-chiu serves as action director. His credits include stunt doubling for Jet Li in “The Tai-Chi Master” and “Once upon a time in China and America”, as well as recent AD work on CJ7 and “THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR”, and also “Kill Bill”.
“Beetle”, a co-production between Buena Vista and Brazil’s Mixer and Globo Filmes is currently shooting.
For more details on Besouro Manganga visit Capoeira Sul Da Bahia San Francisco.
via kungfucinema and capoeira.com
The Capoeira was created in Bahia by African slaves as a way to defend themselves from abuse, a skill disguised as a pseudo-dance ritual to fool their masters.
Today there are Capoeira schools all over Brazil and the world, but especially in Bahia, where slaves were first brought to America, as a way of expressing black pride and keeping their history and culture alive.
Lucia Newman reports.