Rio de Janeiro, Brasil: December "For the Mestres" Event

FICA-Rio invites you to:

"For the Mestres" Event

December 3 - 6
Rio de Janeiro

Rua Lapa 181, 2nd Floor
More info: (21) 9471 - 5878 (T Alder)
alderolivia (at) hotmail (dot) com

Thanks to T Gege & M Cobra Mansa for the flyer.


CD Drop: Mestre Bigo in São Paulo

Francisco Tomé dos Santos Filho, Mestre Bigo (Francisco 45), a student of Mestre Pastinha, will release his CD in São Paulo at the space of Mestre Plínio of Grupo Angoleiro Sim Sinhô.

When: November 8, 3 pm
Where: R Turiassú 1172, Perdizes - São Paulo

Here is a bit from an interview done by the magazine Praticando Capoeira, and posted on the Portal Capoeira website - both excellent resources doing important work to promote and preserve capoeira.

Francisco Tomé dos Santos Filho, Mestre Bigo, was born in 1946, in Salvador, Bahia. He began training capoeira in the mid-1950s after watching a capoeira presentation by Mestre Pastinha and Mestre Cobrinha Verde.

He trained at Mestre Pastinha’s school until 1975 (when he got married and moved to São Paulo), part of a community that included many great capoeiristas, such as: João Grande, João Pequeno, Natividade, Papo Amarelo, Jonas, Bola Sete, Gildo Alfinete, Genésio Meio Quilo, Roberto Satanás, among others.

After arriving in São Paulo he did not train capoeira for some time, but capoeira was in his blood, coursing through his veins. In 1989, Mestre Bigo founded Academia de Capoeira Angola Ilê Axé, onde realiza um trabalho até hoje.

Praticando Capoeira: What was Capoeira Angola like when you started to practice it?

It was a little different. Mestre Pastinha trained Angola corrida and Angola amarrada. Angola corrida was dangerous. We used to play hard with the people from Regional. They would raise their legs up high and the angoleiros would give them a rasteira. The angoleiro never raised his leg high, because he knew that if he did, he would go down.

Before, each game began with a ladainha, after came the improvisation, and later, the corrido. The capoeirista would play for a bit, and then the roda would stop and another ladainha would be sung. Capoeira took up a lot of our time. Today, there are more capoeiristas, and in light of this, there is less time to play in the roda.

In the interview, Mestre Bigo also recalls some of the advice Mestre Pastinha used to give his students. Here is some of it:

Don't enter a dark place.

If you think that someone may be armed, toss a lit cigarette on him; he will reach for his gun.

More of the interview here (in Portuguese).


São Paulo, Brazil: Latest information on 1st FICA Encounter

1st Encounter of FICA-São Paulo Study Group

Kusanga Kia Muijí
Family Reunion

with the presence of FICA Mestres Cobra Mansa & Valmir

November 20 -23, 2008

also present:
Mesre Bigo (Francisco 45) – SP, student of Mestre Pastinha
Mestre Ananias – SP
Mestre Paulo Brasa – RJ
Aloan – FICA-Bahia

… and others!!

Capoeira Angola Workshops
Music Workshops
Video Screenings
Samba de Roda

Place: Barroca Zona Sul
Av. Professor Abraão de Moraes, no. 1800
(Início da Rodovia dos Imigrantes)

til October 31 - R$ 100,00
til November 14 - R$ 130,00
November 15 and beyond - R$ 150,00

Payment options:
2x de R$ 60,00 (checks or deposits with receipt)

REgistration by bank deposit:
Banco Bradesco
Agência: 1193-2 Conta Corrente: 42718-7
Titular: Tabatta Ventura

Send the receipt by fax or email to:
FoneFax: 55 (011) 4178-2033
Email: tabatta_morena (at) hotmail (dot) com

•Womualy: 55 (11) 9840-2314
•Tabatta (Morena): 55 (11) 9313-5644
•Alexandre (Alê): 55 (11) 83975867

More information:

Check out our Orkut page: (GECASP)

Visit our website.

Email: fica_sp (at) hotmail (dot) com

Thanks to Wolmauly for the flyer. Have a blast.

Paris, France: 2nd Festival of Capoeira with Angoleiros do Mar

Professor Fubuia
and the Association Angoleiros do Mar Paris present

The 2nd Festival Capoeira
Angoleiros do Mar Paris

November 13 - 16, 2008

… capoeira, roda, maculêlê, puxada de rede, drumming, samba, Brazilian party, Project Gingando no Mar…

with the presence of Mestres Marcelo Angola, Rosalvo, Russo, Branco, Guara
Contramestres Reny et Susy
Professors Marcelo Cacique, Fantasma, Amazonas (Rilene, Rejane, Boneco)
Professors from the Angoleiros do Mar family, Mandela, Bizarro, Xinxarro, Charel, Grilo, Visconde, Andre Ponta de Areia, Molinho

Pre-registration is open until November 1
70 euros: complete event, from the 13 – 16
60 euros: 2 days
35 euros: 1 day

More information on our website.


Professor Fubuia et l’association angoleiros do mar Paris présentent:

2éme festival capoeira
Angoleiros do mar Paris

du 13 au 16 novembre 2008

… capoeira, roda, maculêlê, puxada de rede, percussions, samba, soirée brésilienne, projet gingando no mar…

avec la presence des mestres Marcelo Angola, Rosalvo, Russo, Branco, Guara
Des contramestres Reny et Susy
Des prof. Marcelo Cacique, Fantasma, Amazonas (Rilene, Rejane, Boneco)
Des profs de la familia angoleiros do mar: Mandela, Bizarro, Xinxarro, Charel, Grilo, Visconde, Andre Ponta de Areia, Molinho

Tarifs en pré-vente jusqu’au 01 nov
70 euros: du 13 – 16
60 euros: 2 jours
35 euros: 1 jour

Toutes les infos ici.

Looks like a great time.

Merci beaucoup to Academia Jangada for the flyer.


São Paulo, Brasil: Workshop with Cm Urubu

Contra-Mestre Urubu – RJ
Open Workshop
Capoeiristas and interested public
Grupo Nzinga de Capoeira Angola

Saturday, November 1
3:00 pm
Rua Cariris, 13
Pinheiros - São Paulo

contribution: R$20,00


Bogota, Colombia: Workshops with Mestre Cobra Mansa

Mandinga en Colombia 2008
Mestre Cobra Mansa
October 31 - November 2

Schedule of Activities

31, Friday
2 pm
Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano Cr. 4A #22-61
Open Roda

5:30 pm
Registration (open registration until Thursday, Oct 30)

Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano Cr. 4A #22-61
Movement & music workshop

1, Saturday
8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano Cr. 4A #22-61
Movement & music workshop

2-6 pm
Universidad Javeriana Centro Deportivo Cr. 7ª # 40-62
Music & movement workshop

6-8 pm
Universidad Javeriana Cr. 7ª # 40-62
Documentary Screening “Mandinga em Manhattan”

2, Sunday
10 am – 3 pm
Parque Nacional Cr. 7ª entre Calles 35 y 39
Workshop & Open Roda

4-5 pm
Parque Nacional Cr. 7ª entre Calles 35 y 39
Presentation: Tambor de Criola de Maranhao– Jon Mario

6-7 pm
Parque Nacional Cr. 7ª entre Calles 35 y 39
Documentary screening: “Orixas da Bahia” Cinelibertad

Participants must register by Thursday, Ocotber 31.

To register for the workshops, we need your complete name and numero de Cédula. To register, contact Patricia - 300 577 4314 or Aengee - 315 403 5969

For more information, email: ficabogota (at) mosaicoba (dot) org or call, 311 223 1487


Mandinga en Colombia 2008
Mestre Cobra Mansa
Octubre 31, Noviembre 1, 2

Cronograma de Actividades

Viernes 31 – 2PM
Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano Cr. 4A #22-61
Rueda de Apertura

5:30 – Registro (inscripciones hasta el jueves 30)

Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano Cr. 4A #22-61
Taller Movimiento y Música

Sábado 1 8:30AM – 12:30PM
Universidad Jorge Tadeo Lozano Cr. 4A #22-61
Taller Movimiento, Música

Universidad Javeriana Centro Deportivo Cr. 7ª # 40-62
Taller Música, Movimiento y Rueda

Universidad Javeriana Cr. 7ª # 40-62
Documental “Mandinga em Manhattan – como se expandió la capoeira por el mundo”

Domingo 2 10AM – 3PM
Parque Nacional Cr. 7ª entre Calles 35 y 39
Taller y Rueda Abierta

Parque Nacional Cr. 7ª entre Calles 35 y 39
Presentación Tambor de Criola de Maranhao– Jon Mario

Parque Nacional Cr. 7ª entre Calles 35 y 39
Documental “Orixas da Bahia” Cinelibertad

Inscripciones tendrán que ser realizadas hasta el Jueves 30
Para poder ingresar a los talleres necesitamos Nombre completo y numero de Cédula. Para inscripciones por favor contactar a Patricia - 300 577 4314 o Aengee - 315 403 5969

Para más información: ficabogota (arroba) mosaicoba (punto) org 311 223 1487

London, UK: Kabula International Conference

Information on an upcoming event in London:
I Kabula International Conference
Celebrating Besouro Preto - Story, Myth and Identity in Capoeira

Who was this capoeirista and where in his story is the line between truth and myth?
Mystery still shrouds one of the most skillful and enigmatic sons of Capoeira. Besouro, the Black Beetle of the town of Santo Amaro, in the Bay of All the Saints, Bahia. From feats of rebellion to fantastical stories of metamorphosis comes the truth of one of the Black heroes of Modern Brazil.

Kabula invites you to celebrate the man and explore the story that is Besouro Preto

:: Special Guests Capoeira ::

Mestre Braga :: Geneve Rio de Janeiro :: GRUPO AFRICA BANTU
Mestre Russo :: Rio de Janeiro Duque de Caxias :: GRUPO COSMOS
Mestre Carlão :: London Rio de Janeiro :: KABULA ARTS & CULTURE
Mestre Boca do Rio :: Santiago de Compostela Salvador :: GRUPO N'ZINGA
Mestre Paulo Siqueira :: Hamburgo Hannover Rio de Janeiro :: CAPOEUROPA
Mestre Joãozinho da Figueira :: Londres Maputo Manaus :: GRUPO MARAZUL
Professor William :: Manchester Leeds Belo Horizonte :: ACCA - Associação Cultural de Capoeira Angola
Professoras Rejane / Rilene :: Londres Fortaleza :: GRUPO AMAZONAS

:: Special Guest Percussion ::

Master Percussionist from Rio de Janeiro Mestre Pedro Lima will be again with us in London for a long season and he is bringing his natural energy and vibe to teach the most fantastic rhythms from Afro-Brazilian Oral-Rhythmic traditions: for the workshops bring agogos, drums, berimbaus, pandeiros and as many rhythm you have in your backpack ... you will need them.

Pedro Lima on YOU TUBE:
Jongo Diminuto - Mestre Messias dos Santos & Pedro Lima :: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C1wSHmMRLkg
Batucadas Brasileiras - Orquestra Robertinho Silva :: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tuTSyVWFGv8&feature=related

... and other guests from London and UK.

Opening Night :: Thursday the 27th, Nov ::
O ZELADOR* Film Screening with Mestre Russo and Director Daren Bartlett + Q & A


- Films, Lectures, Rodas, Workshops, Afro-Brazilian Percussion, Brazilian Party with DJ and serious alive percussion.
- Dr Matthias Röhrig Assunção* - Lecture: Besouro Preto and Capoeira in Bahia during the first half of the XX Century.
- Capoeira for Performers - Lecture
- Alternative & complementary therapies (booking needed) :: Ostheopaty, Reiki and Shiatsu with specialists.

More info coming soon: program, venues, costs, timetable and etc.

:: We will give discount to groups and those who pay before November the 10th. We strongly advice you to contact us in advance for booking as there are limited space for all activities ::

Costs ::

1st day Nov 27th :: Opening + Special Guest: Mestre Russo will be @ film screening (O Zelador) + Q & A + Roda :: £10

Workshop days :: Nov 28th, 29th & 30th

Option 1 :: 2 days £35
Option 2 :: 3 days £45
Option 3 :: 4* days £55 (*including the 1st day)

- Non-members :: payments in advance till November the 10th will get £5 discount for the Options 1, 2 or 3. (Please contact us @ info@kabula.org)
- Kabula members :: £45 for the Option 3 or £5 discount for the Options 1 or 2.
- Groups of 6+ :: £40 for the Option 3 or £25 Option 1 / £35 Option 2

More info about the Conference soon @ www.kabula.org / info@kabula.org

Contacts: info@kabula.org Mob. 07913993453

(*Dr Matthias Assunção will introduce to the capoeira at the time of Besouro. He’ll explain the social and cultural background of Bahian society, based on sugar cane plantations and small towns around the Bay of All the Saints as well as focus on the central role of the Salvador harbour for the development of capoeira. He will contrast the art as it was practiced during the first decades of the 20th century with its contemporary forms, and summarize recent research by historians on the biography of Besouro).


Salvador, Brazil: Capoeira Music Festival & Competition

Ok, folks. Its time to show the world what you are made of musically. This is going to be very cool:
II Encounter of Current and Traditional Capoeira Music


II Festival of Ladanha, Corrida, Quadra & Chula

Competition categories:

Top prize in each category: R$600,00 (six hundred bones)

Last day to enter: October 30, 2008
This is also the last day that entries may be posted to Sedex.

Final selection:
Friday, November 7 – 6 pm
Praça Tereza Batista – Pelourinho

Saturday, November 8 – 4 pm
Praça Tereza Batista – Pelourinho

Selection criteria:

Ladainha: following the traditional format of the mestres of Capoeira Angola, Pastinha, Waldemar, Traíra, among others

Corrido: Within the poetic and melodic standards of the corridos of Mestre Pastinha and Mestre Bimba and other mestres of the 1960s.

Quadra or Chula: as Mestre Bimba called them in Regional

All the music must be new, previously unreleased and not recorded
Each participant may submit one entry per category

Entry form:
!. The entry form should be filled out and signed (it may be downloaded here or it is available in hardcopy form at the places mentioned below)
2. Copy of your RG & CPF
3. CD of the music and four copies of the lyrics

Entries should be sent to:
Casa dos Instrumentos da Coleção Emília Biancardi
Rua Gregório de Mattos, 31
Centro Histórico

Projeto Mandinga
Instituto Jair Moura
Rua Comendador José Alves Ferreira, 170

For more information:
(71) 8847-0925 or 8732-2476
colecaoemiliabiancardi (at) gmail (dot) com

Instrumentos Musicais Tradicionais Coleção Emília Biancardi & Instituto Jair Moura.
To access the registration form and for more information about the collection, plus biographies of Mestre Pastinha & Mestre Bimba, check out their very interesting website (in Portuguese).

Good luck to everyone participating!

London, UK: Workshop with Mestre Roberval

Information on an upcoming workshop in London:
Hi Everyone,

We have invited M. Roberval from Filhos de Angola Group in Salvador to do a Master Class in Kabula @ The Arcola theatre. The class will happen in October the 28th from 7 to 9:30pm and all are very welcome to go there.

Roberval is one of the most talented Mestres that I have met from Salvador and he teaches in a very special way. So, I really hope that you can be there with us.

Cost: £10 / £8 Kabula associates and concession

Please, do not hesitate in contact us to ask for more info.

M. Carlao (Alex)


Dia das Crianças in Massaranduba

On October 11, following the FICA Saturday morning roda, a group of capoeiristas headed over to the Massaranduba neighborhood to celebrate Dia das Crianças (Day of the Children) with the students at Grucom, where FICA has maintained a class for many years.

Here are some pictures to give you an idea of how much fun everyone had. The kids are really great and they loved having all the big people there to play. At the end of the roda they all got presents (not a bad way to end a roda...)

Currently, Adriana is leading the class in Massaranduba on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. If you have the time, stop by. You will be happy you did.

Thanks to Gata Russa for the additional photos.


History in the Making as the Past Continues to Haunt Us

As recent economic tides demonstrate, what happens in the United States- for good or for bad- resounds deeply around the world.

Intrinsic to the future of the world economy, the 2008 U.S presidential race electrified the world even before the banking crisis hit. In Brazil, the potential of a black man at the helm of its powerful and influential northern neighbor - and truly the world- has caused great excitement.

The Bahian newspaper Folha de Salvador recently asked some prominent black leaders in the community to reflect on what a black American president would mean for Brazil. Here's what they had to say:
Lázaro Passos Cunha (Director of Projects, Steve Biko Cultural Institute)
“Brazilian society has always accused the United States of practicing a more radical racism than exists here, but Brazil is a much more exclusive nation. With the election of Obama, I believe that the changes, in terms of our nation, will come about through pressures that will be put upon the elites that question the politics of affirmative action such as the implementation of quotas in the universities, but are not concerned about the quality of our public elementary schools."

Cláudia Santos (Professor of Ethnic African Studies and militant of the newspaper Irohín – which means “news” in Yoruba)
“The idea of a black president is something that has already been considered in our society since the beginning of the last century. The 1926 novel The Black President by Monteiro Lobato touched upon the possibility of the rise of a black man in the political arena. Lobato chose the year 2228 for his character to campaign and win the presidency of the United States. Today, we see Obama as a revision of all the stereotypes of ineptitude associated with being black and this is the fruit of the public political process. He is an inspiration for us in all senses, but we are part of a different history. It is necessary that we recognize and valorize our origins and fight to strengthen our ethnic-racial debates at the center of our political discussions so that we have a chance to arrive at that point."

Gilvan Assunção (Founder of UNEGRO – Union of Blacks for Equality, União de Negros pela Igualdade)
“Obama is a man who is rising but maintaining one foot on the floor, avoiding to become a star. He was able to surpass all the accusations that they made against him unscathed. Today, he is qualified to be a great leader of blacks all over the world. Even though he has not won the presidency, he is already a very positive influence, in large part for the youth. In our movement here in Brazil we are on the right path but we cannot reflect upon ourselves only in that which they are doing outside the country. We need to be aggressive because things here are a bit slow, due to the historical process in which blacks were placed.

Antônio Carlos dos Santos, Vovô (Founder and President of the Bloco Afro Ilê Ayê)
“The visibility that he [Obama] has due to the fact that he may be the first black man to govern a major world power certainly makes us re-think our situation. However, we have a culture that prejudges us and it needs to be changed; many blacks still suffer under mental slavery and do not vote for the black candidate. In South Africa, when given the opportunity to vote for a black man, they elected Mandela and changed their situation. Here, we have always had this instrument, but we don’t know how to use it. It is embedded in our culture to believe that only whites can solve our problems.”
You can read the whole article here (in Portuguese).

And despite the progress in the United States, the fact that a letter like this needs to be printed in a major American newspaper shows we still have a long long way to go. Thanks to Njoli for the link.

More Pictures from Washington, DC Embassy Event

Here are some more images from the Brazilian embassy's celebration of the registration of capoeira as a cultural patrimony that was held in Washington, DC in September.


The pre-celebration Friday night roda at FICA-DC:

A big thanks to Marshawny for the photos! They're great. Keep them coming.


Campos dos Goitacazes, RJ: Party for M Baianinho

Grupo de Capoeira Angola Memorial ao Mestre Dendê invites all Mestres & Contramestres and their students to the Certificate Ceremony and a commemoration of 50 years of Mestre Baianinho.

November 16, 2008
10:00 am

E.E. José do Patrocinio.
Rua Cora de Alvarenga PQ Leopoldina
Campos dos Goitacazes

Contact: (22)99332284 (21)96819138


Celebrating M Janja's Birthday in Salvador

Last Friday, the place to be was the Alto de Sereia in Rio Vermelho to celebrate Mestre Janja's birthday. Mestre Paulinha and Poloca were in attendance along with lots of Nzinga folks and capoeiristas from all different groups across Bahia, including Angoleiros da Serra, Grupo Zimba, and FICA.

The party started with a roda during which M Janja played nearly everyone. After, we had a party that was thrown by the kids of Nzinga. They decorated the space and saved up to buy lots of brigadeiros, salgadinhos, refri, and a big strawberry cake.

It was a great party. Congratulations, M Janja. Here's to many more.

** And here is what Meste Poloca had to say about it on his blog:
Last Friday, October 3, Grupo Nzinga held a roda with the presence of many invited guests to start the celebrations for yet another year of Mestra Janja. It was a beautiful roda followed by a great party with a cake and lots of guaraná. The kids had a great time and I did too.

On the following day, the 4th, Janja’s actual birthday, she went to her home town of Feira de Santana to celebrate with her family. She was born on the same day as her brother, although not in the same year. She was born the following year. For twelve years she lived in São Paulo and in part for the Nzinga, she became a citizen of São Paulo. In June 2006, she returned to Bahia.

Over the past few months, she served as a Professor of Education at the Federal University of Bahia (UFBa) until she was invited by Secretary Luiza Bairros to be a part of her governing team, where she co-ordinates one of the departments of the Secretary of the Promotion of Racial Equality (Secretaria da Promoção da Igualdade Racial, Sepromi ). She already was a powerful woman, now no one can stand in her way. In another post, we talked about the nomination of Mestre Paulinha for the direction of the Center for Afro-Oriental Studies at UFBa, a post she will assume on October 22. To sum it up, the mestras of Nzinga have it all. Who can stop them now?
Thanks M Poloca. What an amazing resource he is creating. And thanks to Fabio for the link.


Se O Vento Vir Mais Forte...

This ladainha appeared in the April 1999 issue of Canarinho, a newsletter that was put out by the FICA-Rio group. It was written by Contramestre Urubu of Grupo Aluande Capoeira Angola (then Treineu Urubu of FICA-Rio).
Vou entrar numa igreja
Vou entrar numa igreja, colega velho
Vou fazer minha oração
Vou pedir benção ao padre
Nosso Senhor o meu perdão
Para ser bom angoleiro, oi iaiá
E não dá meu golpe em vão
Se o vento vir mais forte
Se o vento vir mais forte
Não poder me balançar
Mas também se eu cair, ai meu Deus
Pra aprender se leventar, camará

If there is a ladainha you would like to share (especially one that you have written), send it to: ficadcarchives (at) gmail (dot) com, and we'll post it.


Milan, Italy: Details on M Jogo de Dentro Workshops

Ooooooo! A message from Leonardo diCaprios. Who knew he was an angoleiro?

Salve camaradas!

Grupo Semente do Jogo de Angola-Milan in collaboration with the Umaniter Foundation has the pleasure of inviting you to participate in:

I Encounter Vem Jogar Mais Eu - Capoeira Me Chamou

with the illustrious Mestre Jogo de Dentro

November 3 - 9, 2008

Click here for the full program and registration details.

Muita Vadiaçao, Cultura e Camaradagem!

Todos sao muito bem vindos

Um grande abraço e muito axé

Leonardo ‘Dicaprios’

+39 389.1625394
llrossi79 (at) yahoo (dot) it


Salve camaradas!

Il Gruppo Semente do Jogo de Angola – Milano, in collaborazione con la Fondazione Humaniter, ha il piacere di invitarvi a partecipare al:

1° Vem Jogar Mais Eu – la capoeira mi chiama

Con l’illustre Mestre Jogo de Dentro e invitati

Muita Vadiaçao, Cultura e Camaradagem!

Trovate in allegato il programma dell’evento e le modalità di partecipazione.


Todos sao muito bem vindos

Um grande abraço e muito axé

Leonardo ‘Dicaprios’

+39 389.1625394
llrossi79 (at) yahoo (dot) it

Thanks, Leonardo. You're dreamy.

São Paulo, Brazil: More Details on November Workshops

More details on the November workshops in São Paulo:
I Encounter of the Grupo de Estudo de Capoeira Angola FICA-São Paulo
Kusanga Kia Muijí / Encontro de Família

November 20 – 23, 2008

With the presence of FICA Mestres:
Mestre Cobra Mansa e Mestre Valmir

along with the illustrious presence of:
Mestre Bigo (Francisco 45) – Student of Mestre Pastinha - SP
Mestre Ananias – SP
Mestre Paulo Brasa – RJ
Aloan – FICA - Bahia – BA

Capoeira Angola & Rhythm Workshops
Video Screenings
Samba de Roda

Until 10/31 - R$ 100,00
Until 11/14 - R$ 130,00
After 11/15 - R$ 150,00

Registration through bank deposits:
Banco Bradesco
Agência: 1193-2 Conta Corrente: 42718-7
Titular: Tabatta Ventura

Send the receipt by fax or email:
FoneFax: 55 (011) 4178-2033
Email: tabatta_morena (at) hotmail (dot) com

Contact: Womualy: 55 (11) 9840-2314
Many thanks to Womauly for the information.


Salvador, Brazil: Feijoada at Acanne

Feijoada da Acanne
O Saber do Sabor Ancestral

November 29, 2008
10 am - Roda de Capoeira Angola
12:30 - Feijoada & Samba de roda

Rua do Sodre, 40
Dois de Julho
telephone: 9146- 5999

Important: Everyone should bring their own bowl.

Thanks, Serg.


Stockholm, Sweden: Workshops with Mestre Valmir

Information on upcoming workshops in November:

Capoeira Angola Workshops
7- 9 November 2008

with Mestre Valmir
Fundacao Internacional Capoeira Angola - Salvador

Mestre Valmir is not just famous for his capoeira, but also for his mission to turn young students from high risk areas into good leaders. In 2005 he visited sweden as part of the project O Pulo do Gato - Hoppa som Katten together with two young capoeiristas Idjaie & Yuka from Massaranduba, an under-privileged area outside Salvador to taslk about capoeira and young peoples situation in those areas. This time Mestre Valmir is going to visit schools at the suburb Tensta. We are looking forward to see you too!

Open for everybody. All ages & all skills.
Friday 18.00 - 21.00 Sofia Skola, Skånegatan 117
Saturday & Sunday 10.00- 17.00 Tensta Träff & Blå Huset/Tensta
Evening program Friday & Saturday with dinner, video etc.
Ask for program:
ficasweden (at) yahoo (dot) se

To participate:
Registrate before 1 November by paying 650 skr (sleeping place included)
at pg: 836 07 13-5 Capoeira Angola Stockholm.

People living outside of sweden can pay upon arrival. (please complete your registration)
Without registration: 750 skr at door (we cannot guarantee a space to sleep)
Registration & program:
ficasweden (at) yahoo (dot) se

Fundacao Internacional Capoeira Angola - Sweden


Bogota, Colombia: Mandingando com M Cobra Mansa

Mandinga en Colombia
October 16 – 20, 08

with Mestre Cobra Mansa
special guest Cineasta Lazaro Faria, Mandinga em Manhattan, Cidade das Mulheres, Orixás da Bahia

16, Samba
17, 6 – 9 pm Capoeira Angola
18, 8:30 am – 6 pm Capoeira Angola Conference
19, 10 am – 6 pm Rueda (Roda!)

info: 311 223 1487
ficabogota (at) mosaicoba.org

Thanks to Fabricio for the information. Looks great.

Helsinki, Finland: Workshops with Mestre Valmir

A note about upcoming workshops with Mestre Valmir from the FICA-Helsinki group:
Oi camaradas!

Welcome to M. Valmir's Capoeira Angola workshop in 24.-26.10.2008. Unfortunately we have to limit number of participants so it is better to register in advance. Please, bring your own instruments if possible and dress up properly (shoes, trousers and t-shirt). Also let us know if you need accommodations.

Roihuvuoren nuorisotalo, Prinssintie 1, 00820 Helsinki
(busses 80 and 82 from Herttoniemi subway station)

Friday 24.10. 18:00 - 22:00
Saturday 25.10. 12:00 - 19:00
Sunday 26.10. 12:00 - 19:00

60 euros for the whole workshop
20 euros Friday
30 euros Saturday
30 euros Sunday

Registration and information:
tapani (at) capoeira-angola (dot) fi


Tapani Suihkonen
FICA Helsinki


Oi camaradas!

Tervetuloa M. Valmirin Capoeira Angola workshoppiin 24.-26.10.2008. Valitettavasti paikkoja on rajoitetusti, joten on parasta ilmoittautua ajoissa. Olkaa hyvät ja tuokaa omat soittimet mikäli mahdollista ja ottakaa mukaan asialliset treenivarusteet (kengät, housut ja t-paita). Ilmoittakaa myös jos tarvitsette majoituksen.

Roihuvuoren nuorisotalo, Prinssintie 1, 00820 Helsinki
(bussit 80 ja 82 Herttoniemen metroasemalta)

Perjantai 24.10. 18:00 ? 22:00
Lauantai 25.10. 12:00 ? 19:00
Sunnuntai 26.10. 12:00 ? 19:00

60 euroa koko workshop
20 euroa perjantai
30 euroa lauantai
30 euroa sunnuntai

Ilmoittautuminen ja lisätiedot:


Tapani Suihkonen
FICA Helsinki
Have fun!


Seattle, USA: Pastinha/Zumbi Weekend Event Details

Details about the upcoming event in Seattle:
Contra Mestre Silvinho and FICA Seattle

in collaboration with the Capoeira Angola student group at Evergreen State College
are pleased to host:

Afro-Brazilian Cultural Festival
Homenagem a Mestre Pastinha

November 14-16, 2008

Capoeira Workshops will be taught by:
Mestre Jurandir
Contra Mestre Chorao
Treinel Baba

Also, we are lucky enough to offer workshops in Samba, Brazilian Percussion, and Traditional West African Dance!

Conference Schedule:

Rainier Beach Community Center - 8825 Rainier Ave S. Seattle, WA 98118

7pm -8pm Capoeira Workshop
8pm - Opening Roda
Snacks / Light Dinner

Evergreen State College - 2700 Evergreen Parkway NW, Olympia, Washington 98505

7am - 8am - Breakfast
8am - 10am - Carpool to Olympia

12pm - Capoiera Workshop
12pm - 1pm - Lunch break
1pm - 2pm - Discussion and Film with Mestre Jurandir
2pm - 4pm - Samba Workshop (with Dora Oliveria)
Brazilian Percussion (with Treinel Baba)
4pm - 5:30pm - Capoiera Workshop
6:00pm - Roda

Evergreen State College

7am - 8am - Breakfast
8am -10am - Capoiera Workshop
10am -11:30am - Traditional West African dance
12:30pm - closing roda
Snacks / Lunch


Early Registration: before November 1 - $75

After November 1 - $90

send a check or money order to:
FICA Seattle
PO Box 28547
Seattle WA 98118

*The registration fee includes all meals listed on the schedule, lodging Saturday night, transportation to and from the space, and a t-shirt!
-If you need a place to stay Friday night, we can accommodate you in our homes, so please let us know.

Please send an email with the following information to pastinhaseattle (at) yahoo (dot) com

*Name and Group affiliation
*Are you a vegetarian?
*Do you need lodging both Friday and Saturday night?

*Any questions you have

Thanks to Criss for the information.