Celebrating 25 Years of M Boca do Rio

The third in our series of posts celebrating the 25 years of Mestres Valmir, Boca do Rio, Poloca, Janja, and Paulinha, we present to you a short history of M Boca do Rio’s time in capoeira from the Grupo Zimba website:

Marcelo was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. In the capoeira world, his knickname is Boca do Rio. He began to practice Capoeira Angola in 1982 with the Grupo Capoeira Angola Pelourinho (GCAP), where he earned the title of contra-mestre from Mestre Moraes. From that time, he has given classes in São Paulo, Belo Horizonte, Curitiba, Florianópolis, and Porto Alegre.

Today, he is the mestre of the Grupo de Capoeira Angola Zimba, where he gives class and is responsible for a berimbau orchestra, the organizing of international capoeira seminars and meetings whose objective is the rescuing of the capoeirista angoleiro integrating the secular traditions of Capoeira Angola, whether it be movements, or in the maintenance of its rituals.

With respect to the coordination of Grupo Zimba, his work is recognized as one of the strongest references of traditional Capoeira Angola in Salvador.

Here is a corridor written by M Boca do Rio:

O mandingueiro, mandingueiro

Cadê o mandingueiro

-Mandinguero , mandingueiro

é o trabalhador

- mandinguero , mandinguero

é o pedreiro

- mandinguero , mandinguero

é o carpinteiro

-mandinguero , mandinguero

é o trabalhador

-mandinguero, mandinguero

é o vendedor

-mandinguero, mandinguero

o verdadeiro mandinguero

-mandinguero, mandinguero

esta na obra trabalhando

Congratulations on 25 years mandinga, M Boca do Rio!

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