Archive for September, 2009

A Day for Mestre Carlos

Posted in 1 with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 29, 2009 by testcapo

Mestre Carlos was not only our teacher but a very close friend. I will always remember the day when Palhaço called me to tell me that he passed away. September 27, 2006. I cried a lot. I was sad because I lost a friend and teacher.  I couldn’t comprehend our lose. I didn’t understand the enormity of who we lost. It was just too big.

The first day after his death our house became the mourning space for all of the capoeirtas. We all just sat there. Speechless. But we were there together, like the family that we have always been.

Once the word got out of his passing, the phone calls started to come in. People calling us to confirm what they heard. We became not only the mourners but the consolers.

But Mestre Carlos was not going down like that. People were not going to wear black to a somber funeral. He was going to have us celebrate his life. So for the next week we danced, we drummed and we played capoeira. It was the ultimate celebration of Carlos’ life.

And we haven’t stopped. What has now become a new tradition, Mission Cultural Center hosts ‘A Day for Carlos.’ On this day Mestre Carlos’ capoeira students, drummers and dancers come together to celebrate his incredible life. The event started off with a capoeira roda in the lobby of the center. After the roda we went upstairs for live drumming and dance class. And, of course, as always, we brought the celebration to the streets. Here are some videos of the event.

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What is this noise?

Posted in Capoeira Songs with tags , , , , , , , on September 23, 2009 by testcapo

Here are the lyrics to the song that we were working on last week…..

I got these lyrics of from this link- http://www.capoeira4all.org/songs/index.php?id=82

Que barulho é esse é um tal de zum zum zum? 
Que barulho é esse é um tal de zum zum zum?
Foi o Manduca da praia que acabou de matar um 
Foi o Manduca da praia que acabou de matar um
Quando a policia chegou foi um tal de auê auê 
Quando a policia chegou foi um tal de auê auê
Vamos embora seu moço que essa briga é pra vale 
Vamos embora seu moço que essa briga é pra vale

English translation…

What is this noise, a kind of zoom zoom zoom? 
What is this noise, a kind of zoom zoom zoom?
That was Manduca da Praia who just killed another one 
That was Manduca da Praia who just killed another one
When the police arrived it was a big mess 
When the police arrived it was a big mess
Let’s get out of here, kid ’cause this fight is for real 
Let’s get out of here, kid ’cause this fight is for real



I Encontro Internacional da A.C.A.P.O.E.I.R.A

Posted in Photos, Updates! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2009 by testcapo

Immediately after our batizado,  Mestre Preguiça, Mestre Di Mola, Prof. Indio and Prof. Baiano jumped on the plane to go to Vitoria, Brazil to Mestre Capixaba’s (A.C.A.P.O.E.I.R.A) international encounter. Tons of capoeiristas made it out to this event to not only play capoeira with some of the top mestres and professors but also to celebrate Mestre Preguiça’s 50 years of capoeira. This year Mestre Capixaba made the celebration of his 50 years a centerpiece of the event. Congratulations Mestre!

Thanks to Prof. Indio we have pics and video footage of the event. You can check out his website at http://guanabara.ca/ for more information on his school in Canada. Thanks Prof. Indio!

What a Week!!

Posted in Photos, Updates! with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 2, 2009 by testcapo

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We just had 4 full days of incredible workshops and batizado. What a week! Mestre Di Mola, Prof. Baiano and Prof. Indio came in for the event and added amazing energy to the event. Prof. Baiano conducted incredible music classes, we had an open roda on 24th and Mission and played a ton of capoeira!

But they weren’t the only ones to come visit us in SF! We had students from every single one of our chapters in the US and Canada join us. Chicago, NYC, LA, Seattle, Madison, Amherst, Minnesota, Winnipeg, and even Sweden. It was such a great event. But let the pics tell the story….

Here are photos from the batizado.