Archive for Mestre Carlos Aceituno

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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More Carnaval Pics…..

Posted in Photos, Updates! with tags , , , , , , on June 12, 2009 by testcapo

I thought I would post up the other SF Carnaval pics. Here you go!

Mestre Carlos Aceituno to be Inducted into the NEN Hall of Fame

Posted in Updates! with tags , , , , , , on November 13, 2008 by testcapo

Mestre Carlos will be honored this Thursday, November 13th at 6:30 by the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) and inducted into their hall of fame. The event will take place at San Francisco’s city hall and tickets are required. This should be a beautiful event and if you trained capoeira with carlos, danced or drummed with him or just plain knew him, you should try to attend the event. Did I mention that tickets are free???

So jump on it. Go to http://www.empowersf.org to reserve your tickets.

Introducing Aceituno Arts Cooperative!

Posted in Updates! with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 20, 2008 by testcapo

Finding a good space in a prime location in San Francisco can sometimes seem virtually impossible. I know this by first hand experience. Aceituno Arts Cooperative is a great opportunity for any instructor looking for a spot to teach weekely classes, rehearse or hold workshops. Aceituno Arts Cooperative is named after our dear friend and capoeria mestre, Mestre Carlos Aceituno. (See the Mestre Carlos Aceituno link to learn more about him.) Mestre Carlos was dedicated to teaching capoeira, dance and music. His was artistry was incredibly diverse and we are dedicated to continuing his legacy of promoting the arts.

Because we are new there are several ‘prime’ time slots open. We have not yet began actively marketing the space so these timeslots are soon to fill up. If you are interested in using our space please contact us at aceitunoartscooperative@gmail.com.

Oldie but goodie

Posted in Capoeira Songs with tags , , , , , , on March 15, 2008 by testcapo

Old School pic of Mestre Carlos

Palhaço and Mestre Carlos used to sing this song a lot back in the day. In fact, I think some of our final video footage with Mestre Carlos is with him singing this song. This song is great sang when the roda is going at a medium to high tempo because it really adds energy.

Capoeira é ligeira
Capoeira prá estrangeiro, meu irmão
É mato
Capoeira brasileira, meu compadre
É de matar
Capoeira prá estrangeiro, meu irmão
É mato
Capoeira brasileira, meu compadre
É de matar Berimbau tá chamando
olha a roda formando
vá se benzendo para entrar
o toque é de Angola
São Bento pequeno, Cavalaria, Iúna
a mandinga do jogo
o molejo da esquiva
é prá não cochilar
Capoeira é ligeira, ela é brasileira, ela é de matar
Capoeira é ligeira, ela é brasileira, ela é de matar Capoeira prá estrangeiro, meu irmão
É mato
Capoeira brasileira, meu compadre
É de matar
Capoeira prá estrangeiro, meu irmão
É mato
Capoeira brasileira, meu compadre
É de matar

Olha o Rabo de Arraia
olha aí a Ponteira
e a Meia-lua prá matar
o Mortal e o aú
o Macaco e a rasteira
e o Arrastão prá derrubar
Galopante façeiro
vai se preparando para voar
Capoeira é ligeira, ela é brasileira, ela é de matar
Capoeira é ligeira, ela é brasileira, ela é de matar

Capoeira prá estrangeiro, meu irmão
É mato
Capoeira brasileira, meu compadre
É de matar
Capoeira prá estrangeiro, meu irmão
É mato
Capoeira brasileira, meu compadre
É de matar

Capoeira for strangers, my brother?
Is jungle
Brazilian Capoeira, my comrade
Is deadly
Capoeira for strangers, my brother?
Is jungle
Brazilian Capoeira, my comrade
Is deadly The berimbau is calling
Look at the roda being formed
Get a blessing before entering
The rhythm is Angola
São Bento pequeno, Cavalaria, Iúna
The magic of the game
the swiftness of the dodge
Is to not lull
Capoeira is swift, she is Brazilian, she is deadly
Capoeira is swift, she is Brazilian, she is deadly Capoeira for strangers, my brother?
Is jungle
Brazilian Capoeira, my comrade
Is deadly
Capoeira for strangers, my brother?
Is jungle
Brazilian Capoeira, my comrade
Is deadly

Look, a Rabo de Arraia
Look there a Ponteira
And a deadly Meia-lua
a salto and a cartwheel
A Macaco and a sweep
and an Arrastão to bring down
Galopante to the face
Getting ready to fly
Capoeira is swift, she is Brazilian, she is deadly
Capoeira is swift, she is Brazilian, she is deadly

Capoeira for strangers, my brother?
Is jungle
Brazilian Capoeira, my comrade
Is deadly
Capoeira for strangers, my brother?
Is jungle
Brazilian Capoeira, my comrade
Is deadly