Salvador, Brazil: Celebrating Iemanjá with Grupo Nzinga

Grupo Nzinga de Capoeira Angola invites you to:

Day: February 2, a day of festivities at the Nzinga space, a day of celebrations in the sea!

Time: around 9 am

Place: Grupo Nzinga, Alto da Seria, Rio Vermelho, SSA - BA

What’s up: Capoeira roda, samba, feijoada, uma gelada, gente muito bacana...

Iêmanjá protects those who protect the sea. Choose your gift well, and don’t throw trash in the sea!


São Paulo, Brazil: first roda of the year + many more


Capoeiras, friends and visitors to the Casa Mestre Ananias!

February 2nd is a festival in the sea and we at the Casa Mestre Ananias, although far from the salt waters, will celebrate the re-opening of our doors in 2010. Just as last year, every Tuesday at 8 pm is our party and we have great pleasure in receiving you. Those who live the game of capoeira are always welcome.

Casa Mestre Ananias - Centro Paulistano de Capoeira e Tradições Baianas



Oakland, USA: Early Registration Reminder

9th Annual Capoeira Angola Women's Conference is for everyone, men and women!

Confirmed Attending:

Mestre Jurandir
Mestre Cobra Mansa
Contramestre Cris from Acanne
Contramestre Alicione from Angola Dobrada
Treineu Andrea from FICA

March 12-14

Three full days packed with 5 capoeira angola movement workshops, 2 music workshops, 2 dance classes, lunchtime lectures and discussions, party, reception, and 3 rodas!

There will be childcare offered and a special kids class and roda!

Special movie screen and marketplace on Saturday night to introduce female activists and artists from the Bay Area!


São Paulo, Brazil: II Encontro da FICA-SP

II Capoeira Angola Encounter
FICA – SP Study Group
São Paulo, Brazil

Dates: February 26 – 28, 2010

Place: São Bernardo do Campo

Inivted Guests: Mestre Valmir and Dija of FICA-Bahia

Special Guest: Mestre Francisco 45
(Mestre Bigo, student of Mestre Pastinha)
* presence of Mestre Cobrinha Mansa


Feb 26
6:30 – 8 pm, Capoeira Angola Workshop
8 – 9:30 pm, Roda de Capoeira Angola.

Feb 27
10 am – noon, Capoeira Angola Workshop
2 – 4 pm, Capoeira Angola Workshop

Feb 28
10 am – noon, Capoeira Angola Workshop
1:30 – 3:30 pm, Closing Roda (white clothes)

Entire Workshop: R50,00
Only Friday or Sunday: R25,00
Only Saturday: R30,00

Deposit in the Checking Account (Conta Corrente) in the Banco do Brasil and send the receipt to FICA-SP via email, or hand it in at the event.

Agência: 3304-9
Conta Corrente: 11.760-9
Titular: Womualy G. S.

Contact information::
11 9840-2314 – Womualy
11 9313-5644 – Tabatta

fica_sp (at) hotmail (dot) com


* We are working in partnership with the Instituição Assistencial e Educacional Dr. Klaide in Santo André, São aulo. If you may, please bring 1 kg of non-perishable food for our partner.

DF, Brazil: Workshops with M Valmir this Weekend

Capoeira Angola Workshops with Mestre Valmir
January 29 – 31, 2010
Brasilia – DF - Brazil

Schedule of Events

Friday, 01/29
7 – 9:30 pm, Opening Roda

Saturday, 01/30
9 am – noon, Movement Class
2 – 5 pm, Music Class
5 – 6 pm, Wrap-Up

9 am – noon, Movement Class
1 – 2:30 pm, Chat with M Valmir
3 – 6 pm, Closing Roda

Place: Instituto Comunidade Praia Verde
Praça do Bosque, lote 09
Candangolândia – DF

More information: 8530-1874 / 9829-9680, Chico
Cost: R$50,00

Support provided by the Instituto Comunidade Praia Verde

São Paulo, Brazil: Workshops with M Angolinha

Mestre Angolinha
Open Workshops

capoeiristas and interested friends

Grupo Nzinga de Capoeira Angola

January 30 -31
Workshops begin at 3 pm
R$20 one day
R$35 two days

Grupo Nzinga de Capoeira Angola
Rua dos Cariris 13 – Pinheiros
Tel: (11) 8937 – 3396


Seattle, Washington: FICA Annual Encounter 2010

Big news from Seattle:

Hello amigos,

We are happy to announce that we just found a place to host our international conference 2010. It is Camp River Ranch, located in Carnation, east of Seattle.

The conference date this year will be September 02 to September 05 which by the way is labor day weekend.

Get ready for the pure air and the beautiful environment of pacific north west. FICA Seattle is getting ready to host you. Stand by for the new updates and pictures about the place.

See you all in September

Fica seattle/cm silvinho

Berlin, Germany: 2010 Easter Encounter

Capoeira Angola
Easter Meeting 2010

01.04.2010 – 05.04.2010

Mestre Cobra Mansa
Mestre Roberval
Mestre Rosalvo
Mestre Ciro
Mestre Laercio
Contramestre Suzy

Special dance workshops

Sleeping places are available. Breakfast and dinner will be served every day. Please bring white clothes for the rodas.

Price 130 euro, 110 euro (before 20.03.2010)

For advance registration, please deposit to the following bank account: Capoeira Angola e.V. Postbank Berlin BLZ 10010010 PLZ 672233107
IBAN DE78 1001 0010 0672 2331 07

info (at) jangada (dot) com
Tel: 030 449 57 38


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Rodas in Santa Teresa

A note from beautiful Rio de Janeiro:
Grupo de Capoeira Angola N`golo has the pleasure to invite all of our friends to participate in our monthly rodas, that will take place on the second and last Saturday of the month, beginning at 11:00 am, in the Largo dos Guimarães in the Santa Teresa neighborhood.

Um abração à todos...
Mestre José Carlos

Bogotá, Colombia: Celebrating Yemenjá

“February 2nd, a day to celebrate by the sea”… Everyone will offer presents to rainha Yemanjá.

This is the only large Afro-Brazilian popular celebration that does not have roots in Catholicism, but instead in Candomblé.

This celebration has influenced many artists and intellectuals, such as: Jorge Amado, Pierre Verger, Carybé, Dorival Caymi, Tatti Moreno and many others..

This Tuesday, February 2nd, we will see it up close and pay homage to the celebration of the day of Yemenjá.

Everyone is invited to participate. The event begins at 6 pm.

Photo exhibit of Kamau Blackney and Fabricio Apolo
Screening of the documentary Odoyá Mãe Yemanjá (15M)
Lecture on African legends by Luiz Arautt y Juan Millan
Chat with Molije Lima - Rio Vermelho / UFBA
Jam session with our friends Saravá, Leo, Edwin and a galera.

Cra. 7 No. 45-62 – salón interno 2º piso.
311 223 1487

“Día 2 de febrero, día de fiesta en el mar…” Todos van a entregar sus regalos a la reina Yemanjá.

Esta es la única grande fiesta popular afro baiana que no tiene origen en el catolicismo y si en el Candomblé.
Ha sido tema central de muchos artistas e intelectuales como: Jorge Amado, Pierre Verger, Carybé, Dorival Caymi, Tatti Moreno y muchos otros.

Este martes, 2 de febrero, miramos de cerca y hacemos un homenaje a la celebración del día de Yemanjá.

Están todos invitados a participar a partir de las 6PM

Exposición fotográfica de Kamau Blackney y F. Apolo.
Presentación del documental Odoyá Mãe Yemanjá (15M).
Lectura leyendas africanas por Luiz Arautt y Juan Millan.
Charla con invitada de Rio Vermelho / UFBA, Molije Lima.
Jam musical con nuestros amigos de Saravá, Leo, Edwin e galera.

Cra. 7 No. 45-62 – salón interno 2º piso.
311 223 1487

Personas que tengan cualquier tipo de material sobre este tema, están invitados a compartir.

Martes 2 de febrero - 6 PM - Cr 7 No. 45-62 salón interno.
Fundación Internacional de Capoeira Angola
Grupo de Estudio Bogotá

311 223 1487
Cr 7 No. 45-62


Happy Birthday, M João Grande!

Today, January 15, is the birthday of Mestre João Grande, icon of Capoeira Angola and Brazilian culture the world over. Even in 1968 he was already cited as a significant figure in the Capoeira Angola community. In his book, Ensaio Sócio Etnografico Brazilian ethnologist Waldeloir Rego wrote about João Grande, among other capoeiras of the time, in the book’s chapter, “Famous Capoeiras and their Behaviour in the Social Community”.

João Grande (José Oliveira dos Santos) is the young capoeira who knows the most about tricks of attack and defense, which coupled with an extraordinary corporal flexibility, has turned him into one of the most agile capoeiras in Bahia. When he is playing, he is like a great dancer. Canjiquinha, for example, after making various eloquent references about João Grande, offered a typical poetic sentiment, “Foi Deus quem mandou João Grande jogar capoeira” (“It was God who called João Grande to play capoeira”)


Happy birthday, Mestre!!

There will be a roda and party at Mestre’s space in New York City this Sunday. If you are in the area, don’t miss this great event.


D.F., Brazil: Open Week of Capoeira Angola

Open Week

FICA-DF invites all to participate in “Open Week”, with the objective of strengthening the ties between practitioners of Capoeira Angola and others.*

01/11, 7:30 to 10 pm – Movement Class
01/12, 7:30 – 10 pm – Music Class **
01/13, 7:30 – 10 pm – Movement Class
01/14, 7:30 – 10 pm – Music Class **
01/15, 7:30 – 10 pm - Movement Class
01/16, 9 am – 1 pm – Closing Roda / First Roda of 2010 – white roda and FICA feijoada****

Place: Praça do Bosque, lote 09, Candangolândia-DF
Contat: (61) 8530-1874 / 9829-9680 – Chico

* Participation in single classes is not permitted
** Bring your instrument
*** Payment will be 1 kg of non-perishable food
**** Price of feijoada is R$10,00.


New York City, USA: Celebrate M João Grande's Birthday

Come celebrate Mestre João Grande’s birthday with us!!

Time: January 17, 2 – 8:30 pm
Place: Capoeira Angola Center of Mestre João Grande, 104 W. 14th Street, 3rd floor, New York City
telephone: 212-989-6975
price: USD15 to play in the roda; free to watch

Bring fruit, juice and other snacks!

Salvador, Brazil: Celebrating 30 Years of GCAP

30 Years of GCAP Event

Feb 4 – 7, 2010-01-05

Workshops led by Mestre Moraes

5 pm, Opening
7 pm, Roundtable discussion with mestres from Bahia. Moderator: Mestre Moraes
Release of CD volume 5

9 – 11 am, capoeira workshop
2:30 – 4:30 pm, In the prison a garden: re-discovering the history of Forte de Santo Antônio. (M. Moraes and Cláudia)
5 – 6 pm, orientation roda: ritual aspects
7 – 9:30 pm, capoeira roda (open only to people participating in the event)

9 – 11 am, capeira workshop
2:30 – 4:30 pm, a talk with M Moraes, M Jair Moura, and an invited mestre (a student of Mestre Pastinha)
5 – 6, rhythm workshop

9 – 11, open roda to close event
noon, feijoada for participants and invited guests

There will be a photography exhibit during the course of the event.

To register and for more details regarding the event, send an email to: gcap30anos (at) yahoo (dot) com (dot) br

Registration fee: R$ 120,00

To keep updated on event details and to gain a whole lot of wisdom about capoeira, visit Mestre Moraes’ blog.


This Day in History: January 1, 1804

Happy 2010!

January 1 is a signifcant date in world history, and especially in the colonial history of the Western hemisphere; on this day in 1804, Haiti declared its independence from France following years of rebellion and tumult in the richest colony in the "New World". The consequences of Haiti's independence (the second in the colonial world, following the United States), drastically altered the institution of slavery.

Haiti's independence movement, the world's only successful slave rebellion, led to the creation of the world's first black republic. Haiti, as the slaves who took control of the former French colony of Saint-Domingue renamed it, was the second colony in the Americas to gain independence. The rebellion remains a source of pride for Haitians, and those who fought for the country's independence are considered among Haiti's greatest heroes.

In 1593, the first Africans were imported to Hispanola to work as slaves on the island's plantations, taking the place of the native peoples, who had been decimated under brutal Spanish treatment. Europeans clashed violently with the African slaves on the Western third of the island (the French colony of Saint-Domingue). Major slave uprisings began in the 1750s, and by the early 1790s the hundreds of thousands of African slaves who had been brought to Saint-Domingue began to threaten the precarious power of the colony's French rulers who numbered approximately 40,000, As chaos spread across the colony, Spanish and British forces descended upon Saint-Domingue in hopes of seizing it for themselves. While many blacks joined the Spanish army in an attempt to thwart the French, the French abolition of slavery in 1794 prompted some black soliders to switch alleigances and join the French army.

The French retained their hold on Saint-Domingue, and Francois Dominque Toussaint L"Overture, who had led French troops in battle, was named governor of the colony. However, when L"Overture began to dismantle French power in hopes of liberating Saint-Domingue from France in the early 1800s, Napoleon Bonaparte sent French troops back to the island in 1802. L'Overture held off the French for a few months, and then suddenly surrendered. The French captured L'Overture and exiled him to France, where he soon died, but black commanders, inlcusing Jean-Jacques Dessalines (1804-1806) and Henri Christophe (1807-1820), soon reinitiated the independence struggle. Preoccupied with a war against Britian, French troops withdrew within a year. On January 1, 1804, Dessalines declared Haiti independent, though no foreign country would recognize the new republic. Though its leaders remained extremely wary of another foreign invasion, Haiti was never again a colony of Europe.

Haitian independence sent a wave of shock and fear through colonial North and South America. Slave owners and colonial governments tightened their control through new laws and harsh punishments, while enslaved blacks passed the word about the revolution, inspiring many to rebellion.

The tiny island nation of Haiti has a tremendous history. Violence, government corruption, drug trafficking, and destructive international intervention (mostly from the United States) has left most of the population severely destitute.

For further reading on Haiti check out: anything by Edwidge Danticat, but especially "Brother, I am Dying" for a terrifying and sobering look into the plight of Haitian refugees in the United States; Amy Wilentz's "The Rainy Season", an amazing book about the fall of the Duvalier (Papa Doc and Baby Doc) dictatorship; and Paul Farmer's "The Uses of Haiti", about the off-balance relationship between the United States and Haiti - the title of the book itself pretty much sums it up.

This entry is from the Encyclopedia of Latin American Politics published by Greenwood Press.