Iansã Transforms the Wounds of Obaluaê into Popcorn

Once again, a lovely story from the book Mitologia dos Orixas by Reginaldo Prandi:

Iansã transforms the wounds of Obaluaê into popcorn

Arriving from his travels to the village of his birth,
Obaluaê saw that a party was rolling
And all the orixás were in attendance.
Obaluaê could not enter the party
Due to his frightful appearance.
So, he peered in from the slits in the terreiro walls.
Ogum, noticing the anguish of the orixá,
draped him in a cover of straw which hid his head
and invited him to enter and
enjoy the happiness of the revelers.
Even though he was embarrassed, Obaluaê entered
but no one came near him.
Iansã followed everything out of the corner of her eye.
She understood the sadness of Obaluaê's situation
And she sympathized with him.

Iansã waited until he was in the center of the room.
The party was swinging
The orixás danced happily with their caretakers.
Iansã drew up close to him
And blew his covering of straw
raising the stalks that covered his illness.
In this moment of magic and windstorm,
the sores of Obaluaê leapt off his body
and were transformed into a rain of popcorn
that burst white and spread over the room.
Obaluaê, the god of disease, was transformed into a young man
A beautiful and charming young man.
Obaluaê and Iansã Igbalé became great friends
And reigned together over the world of spirits,
sharing the unique power to open and interrupt
the demands of the dead over the living.

Gorgeous. You gotta get this book.


Germany: Capoeira Angola Project Event

International Capoeira Angola Summer Project in Berlin and Zingst on the Baltic Sea

July 18 - 28, 2008

Mestre Rosalvo (Grupo Vadiação, Berlin),
Contramestre Gato Preto (Grupo ‘Filhos de Angola’, Salvador)
Contramestra Susy (Grupo Vadiação, Berlin),
Ameixa (Grupo Capoeira Angola Mae, Italy), and
Fubuia (Grupo Angoleiros do Mar, France)

GET PHYSICAL with Ricardo de Paula

ARRIVAL on Thursday, July 17 at 2pm
DEPARTURE on Monday, July 28 at 5pm

The “Let´s Go to No-Go” Project:

In a series of Capoeira Angola, dance and music workshops, we will create a “physical theatre” out of the history and culture of Capoeira Angola.

The project concludes with a trip to Zingst on the Baltic Sea from July 24 to July 27.

We perform our RODA de Capoeira Angola on the BEACH and creations from our workshops in STREET PERFORMANCES.

Prices (€):
180 - the full 10-day programme
150 - 8 days
120 - 6 days
100 - 4 days
80 - 3 days

Please bring sleeping bags and tents!

Camping in Zingst costs around 7 € a night (not included in above prices)

Train tickets from Berlin to Zingst cost about 20 € (also not included)

Please register via e-mail (info at jangada dot com) before July 10, 2008, and transfer the registration fee to the following bank account:

Recipient: Capoeira Angola e.V.
Account number: 672233107
Bank code number: 10010010 (Postbank Berlin)
(Please don’t forget to include your name in the 'purpose' field!!!)

For more details, please visit our website.


FICA-Philly: Photos from Odunde Festival

FICA-Philadelphia hosted its annual roda at the Odunde Festival. Folks from DC, New York City, LA, and even Salvador (Mestre Paulinha!) were on hand to vadiar. Everyone looks really happy.

Thanks to Fabricio for the pictures.

If you would like to share pictures from an event at your school, send them (or a link) along to: ficadcarchives (at) gmail (dot) com


Exhibit & Lecture in Salvador

An upcoming exhibit in Salvador:
Caixa Cultural invites you

A history of capoeira in Bahia
1940 – 1980

July 3, 7 pm
With a berimbau orchestra, capoeira roda, & samba de roda

Visiting Hours
July 4 – August 3
Tuesday – Sunday, 9 am – 6 pm
Free admission

July 5, 4 pm
With Frede Abreu, Adriana Alberta Dias, & Christine Zonzon

Location: Caixa Cultural Salvador, Rua Carlos Gomes, 57 – Centro- Salvador, Bahia


If you did capoeira between 1940 and 1980, or if you have photos, journal articles, copies of identification cards or other documents from capoeiristas or mestres of this period, contact us. Your material will be made part of the Panel in Honor of capoeiras.

Tel: 71 3482 2687, or 71 9914 0710, or drialbert (at) gmail (dot) com


FICA-Baltimore: Photos from the 2008 Malcolm X Weekend

Looks like everyone had a real good time at this year's Malcolm X Weekend event, hosted annually by FICA-Baltimore.

Many thanks to Fabricio for the pictures.

If you would like to share photos from an event at your school, simply email a link to: ficadcarchives (at) gmail (dot) com.

2008 FICA Conference Update

XIV Annual International Capoeira Angola Encounter

Chicago 2008
September 4th – 7th
presented by the

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to participate in the “XIV Annual International Capoeira Angola Conference – Chicago 2008”.

Here’s some of the information and some highlights of the event:

When: September 4 – 7, 2008
Where: Camp Lawrence, Valparaiso, IN (1 hour from downtown Chicago)
Special guests: Mestre Cobra Mansa, Mestre Valmir, Mestre Jurandir, Mestre Bigo,
Mestre Manoel and Contramestra Alcione

For registration, program and more, visit our website.

For questions, call: 773.227.8879 or email: info (at) quilombocenter (dot) org

See you there!

T. Beto
FICA Chicago


Grupo Ypriranga: July Encounter in Madrid

A note from Ypiranga in Madrid:
To all angoleiros and capoeiristas worlwide...

Due to Mestre Manoel' s current stay in Europe, the Grupo de Capoeira Angola Ypiranga de Pastinha- Madrid supervised by Contramestre Dirceu, will hold a Capoeira Angola encounter from 4th-6th of July, in Madrid, Spain. Here attached is the flyer for the meeting, with a detailed program for the event along with information on how to contact us for further details on prices, etc. Come vadiar with us in the beautiful city of Madrid, which is known to never sleep, specially in the summertime!

You can also check out our blog
, where we'll be posting further news on the event.

GCAYP - Madrid

"Gingando na luta pela cidadania"
The poster reads:
Encuentro de Capoeira Angola Madrid
Grupo de Capoeira Angola
Ypiranga de Pastinha
with Mestre Manuel & Contramestre Dirceu

July 4 - 6
Centro Social Seco
Calle Arregui & Aruej 21, 28007 Madrid
Metro: Puente de Vallecas/Pacífico

Friday, July 4
7:30 pm: Opening Roda at Escuela Baile de Nachos, Calle Santa Isabel 9 (Metro: Antón Martin)

Saturday, July 5
10:30, training
2:00, lunch
3:30, training
4:30, roda
7:30, presentation (Projecto Ypiranga em Maré, RJ, Brasil
10:30 - 11:30, Barra Solidaria

Sunday, July 6
10:30, training
2:00, Roda de Despedida (Parque del Retiro)

Contacts: gcayp (dot) madrid (at) gmail (dot) com
Telephone: 692139571


Italy: Summer Workshops

A note from Academia Jangada:
Dear Capoeiristas,

We want to inform you about the Summer Workshop from 08.08. - 12.08.2008 with Mestre Rosalvo and Contramestra Susy in southern Italy, Bassano del Grappa.

Click here for all the information.

Everybody is welcome!
one more time:

Hallo Capoeiristas,

dieses Jahr organisiert Professor Zequinha einen Workshop mit Mestre Rosalvo und Contramestra Susy im Süden Italiens (Bassano del Grappa).

Der Workshop wird zwischen dem 08.08 und dem 12.08.2008 stattfinden.

Alle Infos findet Ihr unter:

Jedermann ist wilkommen!

Academia Jangada


Still Going: Mestre Cobra Mansa Around the World


Some photos from Mestre Cobra Mansa's travels around the world, including Japan, France, and other places of interests.

Click here for more images.

Capoeira Summer Camp!

From Academia Jangada in Germany:

Dear Capoeiristas,

this year are organizing a Summercamp from 24.07. - 27.07.2008!

in Zingst at the Eastern Beach in Germany.

Capoeira-Kids are welcome!

Make sure you make your reservation soon, because we only have a limited
space available.


Hallo Capoeiristas,

dieses Jahr organisiert die Academia Jangada einen Workshop auf Zingst an der Ostsee.

Der Workshop wird zwischen dem 24.07 und dem 27.07.2008 stattfinden.

Erwachsene sind ebenso willkommen wie Kinder.

Wir bitten Euch um rasche Anmeldung, telefonisch oder per Emial, da wir nur für eine begrenzte Anzahl von Teilnehmern Zeltplätze zur Verfügung haben.

For more information, contact: info (at) jangada (dot) com


Workshops in Madison with T Beto

6/20-22 Capoeira Angola Workshops w/ Treinel Beto in Madison, WI

Locations to be announced...

- Friday June 20th 7:30pm-10pm.
- Saturday June 21st 10am-noon, 1pm-3pm, 5-6pm performance.
- Sunday June 22nd 10am-1pm, 2:30pm-5pm open roda (& bar-b-q, weather permitting).

Cost: $30 CAM & FICA members entire weekend / $55 non-members entire weekend, $35 saturday, or $20 per class.

Go to the Madison Group's website or call Jack at 395-9430 for updates.

FICA-Atlanta on the Move

FICA- Atlanta has moved its training space:

Oi Galera! FICA Atlanta has moved from Little 5 Points. We are now holding classes at Horizons School.

The address is: 1900 Dekalb Ave 30307.

Here is their website.

Please call 706-614-5841 if you have any questions about the space.

Thank you,


Workshop with Mestre Paulinha in Philly

Another event with FICA-Philadelphia:


If you are in Philadelphia this Friday night, we are excited to host a
workshop led by Mestra Paulinha from Grupo Nzinga de Capoeira

Workshop info:
Date: Friday, June 6, 2008
Time: 6:30PM - 8:30PM
Fee: $15.00
Location: MLK Recreation Center (22nd and Cecil B. Moore Ave.,

Here's some info about our invited guest:

"Paula Barreto, known as Mestra Paulinha, is from Bahia, Brazil. She started her trajectory in capoeira in Salvador in the beginning of 1980’s. She has been invited to Capoeira Angola encounters in Brazil and around the world. She has also published articles, participated on panels, and given lectures on women and capoeira. She is one the founders and leaders of the Nzinga Capoeira Angola Group. Mestra Paulinha teaches Sociology at the Federal University of Bahia and is currently a post- doctoral Capes Fellow at Vanderbilt University, in the United States." (FICA-DC)

Also some more information about Grupo Nzinga and a video on Youtube about their work with kids:
Grupo Nzinga website

Youtube video

Also, don't forget about our Roda this Sunday afternoon at the Odunde Festival. We hope to see you soon!

Peace and Blessings,
FICA Philadelphia


FICA-NYC: Workshops & Open Roda

An upcoming event with the FICA group in New York City:

We welcome all Capoeiristas from any Group or Style to join us during the week of June 12th - 15th.

Special Guest Treineu Gege from FICA-DC ( student of Meste Cobrinha) will be here for a two day Workshop, and Open Roda.

About Treinel Gege:
Maria Eugenia Poggi, known as Treinel Gege, started training Capoeira Angola under the guidance of Mestre Cobra Mansa in 1995 and was part of FICA when it was founded in 1996. Since then, she has participated in various international conferences; she was invited to participate in the 2003 Angoleiras event in Rio de Janeiro and the First Angoleiras Encounter in Europe in 2006. In 2003, she received the Treinel Title during the International FICA Encounter in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. That same year, she moved to Lima, Peru where she led workshops with different groups. In 2005, Treinel Gege returned to Washington DC, where she lives now with her husband and two children.

Thursday: June 12th
6:30PM - 9:30

Friday: June 13th
7:00PM - 10:00PM

Sunday (Open Roda): June 15th

Workshop fee:
$45 for both days

232 7th Ave
2nd Floor
btw 23rd and 24th Sts

Closest Trains:
1 to 23rd Street
C;E;PATH to 23rd Street

For more info visit our website or email us at: fica_ny (at) yahoo (dot) com

Have fun!

Edison Carneiro: Os Moleques de Sinhá na Bahia

Edison Carneiro (1912 - 1972) is a well-known Brazilian intellectual and writer who dedicated his life to preserving Brazilian culture. He wrote a number of studies on different aspects of Brazilian culture, which he published in short books called cadernos. Because he focused on aspects of culture associated with "black" Brazil, such as capoeira and candomblé, he had a difficulty publishing his work.

In his book, Cadernos de Folclore - Capoeira, he presents basic information about the art form. Here is a little bit from that notebook, as he talks about capoeiristas of the time and the places they hung out:

The preferred places to vadiar were Boa Viagem on New Years, Ribeira on the Monday of Bonfim, the Terreiro during Carnaval, and the Mercado Modelo during the Festival of Senhora da Conceição, but today the moleques de sinhá practice in designated areas, the academies of old Pastinha in Pelourinho, of Waldemar, Canjiquinha, and others…

… The famous capoeiristas of Bahia were, until recently, the fisherman Samuel Querido de Deus and the longshoreman Maré, both from the capital, and Siri do Mangue, from Santo Amaro. Other well-known capoeiras are the “captain” Aberrê, Juvenal, Polu, Onça Preta, Barbosa, Zepelin… Some of their students have moved to Rio de Janeiro and are trying to continue vadiando there.

The book was published in 1975, a few years after his death. Today there is a fantastic musuem in Rio de Janeiro dedicated to Edison Carneiro in regards for his contributions to Brazil.

June 2008 Calendar Round-up

Here´s all the upcoming special events we have listed on our calendar. For more information about weekly and monthly rodas, check the calendar itself.
8, Odunde Festival Roda - Philadelphia, USA
6, Roda & Forro, Grupo Nzinga - Salvador, Brazil
8, Special Roda with M Lua de Bobo - Arembepe, Brazil
8, Roda de Despedida - Ilha de Itaparica, Brazil
9 - 13, FICA-Bahia Anniversary Events - Salvador, Brazil
29, African-American Heritage Roda - Baltimore, USA

4 - 6, African Encounter – Mozambique
11 – 13, Grupo Estrela do Norte Event – Indianapolis, Indiana, USA
16 - 20, Annual Encounter, Filhos de Angola - Brighton, UK
19, Deadline for submissions to Caxixi Magazine
20, Artscape Roda - Baltimore, USA
23 - 27, Event with Cabello & Tisza - Ilheus, Brasil
24 – August 4, Jogo de Dentro Encounter – Salvador & Capão
25 - 27, Camping Trip (contact FICA-Bmore) - Pennsylvania, USA

4 – 7, FICA International Encounter – Chicago, USA

Mestre Pastinha / Zumbi Weekend - Seattle, USA
If you have an event (including regularly scheduled rodas) you would like to post, please send us along the information and we will put it up: ficadcarchives (at) gmail (dot) com

Capoeira Angola at the 2008 Odunde Festival

A note from FICA-Philly about an upcoming event:
Greetings Family,

Please come join FICA Philadelphia at our 10th Annual Roda de Branco at the Odunde Festival on Sunday, June 8th. The Procession to the river is scheduled for 12PM - 1:30PM and our Roda will commence at 2PM. More information about the Festival can be found at their website.

Bring your flowers and fruit for the Procession and your whites for the Roda.

We hope to see you soon!

Peace & Blessings,


This is always a fun roda. If you are in the area, it´s worth it.


Roda & Forró with Grupo Nzinga this Friday!

Grupo Nzinga in Salvador will hold their roda early this Friday night, from 6 - 8 pm.

The roda will be followed by a forró in the space.

Rua Alto da Sereia, 2 - 3º a Rio Vermelho
Salvador BA
tel. (71) 9973 8970
Point of reference: Restaurante Sukiyaki