Friday, 28 August 2009

Mestre Ciro de Joao Pequeno de Pastinha

Another good surprise on Youtube, a great intimate video of Mestre Ciro, a former student of Mestre Joao Pequeno, himself a former student of Mestre Pastinah, singing one of his songs on the guitar.

Just a moment to relax...

Friday, 7 August 2009

how many capoeiras can you name?

In case you didn't notice a while ago I posted a poll with multiple questions asking what the definition of capoeira was.

I guess there is no right answer to that question, but in this particular case, all the answers could be found in Waldeloir Rego's seminal "Capoeira Angola Ensaio Socio-Etnografico" (1968). There's actually a whole chapter (chp 2) dedicated to the question.

Amongst the many definitions compiled in this book one can find:

- a basket made of sticks where birds like hens and other birds are kept

- an old carriage

- a brace (tipoia)

- the excavation at the bottom of a well

- wood that was cut down (a clearing)

- a sort of athletic game

- a bird also known as Uru

and others..