Saudade dessa cidade Saudade do meu Salvador Quem canta e chora e grita De tristeza e de amor. O sol queima a pele pelada A luz cega os segredos na sombra Barriga escura, escondida, esquecida Abafada pelo ritmo impulsivo do samba. Seu coração bate no toque do tambor O travão do seu pandeiro me chama … Continue reading Saudade
May it never be forgotten That this corner of an English field Will be forever foreign
As we draw inwards, we look outwards, and see that we are made stronger by what unites, not what divides us.
I crouch at the pé do berimbau (foot of the berimbau) next to my partner, waiting for our game to begin. The Mestra is singing a ladainha (litany) and I hear the plaintive rising and falling of her voice, full of force and emotion, keeping time with the steady rhythm of the three berimbaus. These … Continue reading (Re-)connection in the roda
The most common questions I’m asked when I say I'm a capoeirista (someone who plays capoeira) are: “What group do you belong to?”, “Who’s your Mestre?” and “Angola or Regional?” Like when giving your age, nationality or job title, your affiliation to a capoeira group, teacher and style forms the essence of your identity as … Continue reading Who’s your Mestre?
I can’t believe that I’m already entering my final week in Salvador. Since arriving on 1st January, I have been struggling to adapt to the heat, noise, pace of life, language, food and – most importantly – the capoeira scene. It has been a sensory and an emotional roller coaster, and I have never been … Continue reading Lessons in Salvador
I’ve just returned to Bristol after walking part of the Camino Português in Portugal and Spain and am having serious withdrawal symptoms from a journey that has taught me a lot about myself. There were several reasons why I wanted to do the Camino this summer: I felt ready to embark on this spiritual journey … Continue reading Camino de Santiago
Brazilians are notorious for their poor timekeeping, but on Saturday 7th July my Capoeira group Nucleo de Capoeiragem arrived 45 minutes early to take part in the procession for St. Paul’s Carnival. There had been a lot of build up to the event; the last Carnival took place 3 years ago due to ongoing difficulties … Continue reading St. Paul’s Carnival
My Capoeira group Nucleo de Capoeiragem recently had its summer festival in Bristol. It was the group’s 30th festival since its creation fifteen years ago and it was one of the most memorable festivals I have been to in the short time that I have been playing. We ended the four-day event of training, dance … Continue reading Capoeira Summer Festival
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