Seattle, USA: Register now for the FICA event

In just 4 weeks, we’ll be coming together for

FICA’S 16th International
Capoeira Angola Conference!

“Tudo que a boca come”
Nourishing our capoeira family.

Sept. 2 -5, 2010
Labor Day weekend
Seattle WA

The registrations are rolling in and we are getting ready!

Are you?

Vist our website to sign up!

Join Mestre Jurandir, Mestre Valmir, Mestre Cobra Mansa (he’s coming after all!), Mestre Índio, Contra Mestre Silvinho, and Treineu Andrea, plus a slew of students from Chicago, DC, Oakland, NY, Hawaii, and more.

We’ll have 4 days and 3 nights of:

Conference Schedule

Thursday, 9/2
6:00-7:30: registration/opening cerimony
7:30-9:30:opening roda
10:00 :bus leaves for Camp River Ranch

Friday, 9/3
7:00-8:30: breakfast
9:00-11:00: worshop
11:00-2:00: lunch/roda
2:00-3:00: break
3:00-5:00: workshop
5:00-6:00: guestteacher/afro-peruvian percussion workshop
6:00-7:00: lecture/panel discussion
7:00-8:30: dinner
8:30: roda

Saturday, 9/4
7:00-8:30: breakfast
9:00-11:00: worshop
11:00-2:00: lunch/roda
2:00-3:00: break
3:00-5:00: workshop
5:00-6:00: guest teacher/dance workshop
5:00-7:00: lecture/panel discussion
7:00-8:30: dinner
8:30: party with sambatuque

Sunday, 9/5
7:00-8:30: breakfast
9:00-11:00: workshop
11:00-1:00: lunch
1:30-3:00: closing roda
3:00: 1st bus start to leave for Seattle
5:00: last bus leaves for Seattle

About this year’s theme:
Capoeira Angola is everything the mouth eats. Pastinha's words advise the Capoeirista to grow from all that we touch, breath and encounter in this world. In talking with several of you over the past year, we feel a strong solidarity in the vision to raise awareness and consciousness, to build modern quilombos. We are proud that FICA members have a wide wealth of passions pertaining to sustainability, social justice, healing and ancestral guidance. At this year’s conference our intention is to explore how tudo que a boca come can guide us in all aspects of nourishment.

Some topics to ponder are: sustainability, the food revolution/ food justice, organic and urban farming, respectful human resources/labor, Quilombos and Communities, democratic living and sharing for unified success, understanding past and present, connecting with elders, children, and teachers, honoring ancestors, healing, movement and music therapy, nutrition, and traditional medicine.

This is an opportunity to challenge ourselves and each other, to become more aware and to deepen our understanding of all that we are “eating” in our lives.

Campinas, SP, Brazil: Capoeira Angola Encounter 2010

Grupo de Capoeira Semente do Jogo de Angola invites all admirers and lovers of Capoeira Angola, no matter which style you practice, to our event.

We look forward to the presence of Mestres Jogo de Dentro e Plínio, and others.

27 - 29 de agosto

R$60,00, complete event, feijoada & t-shirt
R50,00, early payment: complete event, feijoada & t-shirt
R$40,00, single day
R$10,00, feijoada
please note: a single day does not include the feijoada or t-shirt.

information for bank deposit:
banco bradesco
c/c: 352119-2
Valmir Santos Mauricio

contact: (19) 3012-3223 / 9122-0687
more information

Contra Mestre Valmir


São Paulo, Brazil: dance classes

Dança pé no chão

of the nkisses, caboclos, orixás & voduns

classes led by Tata Mutá Imê
Tata-de-Mkisi da Casa dos Olhos de Tempo
Nação Angolão Paquetan – Salvador, Bahia

For researchers, professional dancers, and anyone interested in strengthening their vital energy and working with their physical, mental and spiritual equilibrium through dance.

Tuesday, August 3
7:30 pm

cost: R$20,00

grupo nzinga de capoeira angola – São Paulo
Rua dos Cariris, #13, Pinheiros


London, UK: Workshops with M Roberval

From Capoeira Amazonas in London:

Mestre Roberval is back in town!

Mestre Roberval will be teaching classes in London throughout August. Widely recognised as one of the finest exponents of capoeira angola, Mestre Roberval will be teaching his music and movement lessons with his own special brand of class. Not to be missed!

Monday, August 2 - Wednesday, August 4: Hargrave Park School, Bredgar road, Archway 7.00pm - 9.00pm
Thursday 5th August: Capoeira Angola Nottingham. Contact Juliet at 07903 114248 for more information.

Check website for further updates to follow...

More information:
Rejane: 07984 537020
Rilene: 07984757689
Chris: 07952 817878



London, UK: workshop + memorial roda

From the Kabula Group newsletter:

This Saturday we are hosting Mestre Manuel at The Thanet Capoeira Cooperative in Chalk Farm.

what: Capoeira Angola Master Class
when: Saturday the 24th July
time: 1:30PM to 4:30pm
where: The Thanet Centre, Herbert Street, NW5 4HD
cost: £12 General Public – £10 Concession


July 21
This Wednesday, the 21st from 7 pm onwards we are celebrating the 6th Jean Charles de Menezes Homage Roda de Capoeira. All the UK Capoeira Community will be very welcome to join the Roda.

where: Just beside Stockwell Tube Station (in front of his memorial)
when: Wednesday, 7pm


Washington, DC, USA: Afro-Brazilian Panel Discussion

A panel discussion about the status and struggle of Afro-Brazilians for equality will be held at Sankofa cafe and bookstore, right around the corner from FICA-DC. Looks very informative.
A panel of black Brazilians leaders and activists discuss the status and struggle of Afro-Brazilians for equality.

They will discuss the work they are doing in Brazil with Afro-Brazilian communities and the resistance of Afro-Brazilians to racism, poverty, police homicides and other issues. The panel also will discuss potential alliances between Afro-Brazilians and African Americans.

The panel will include:
Ms. Luiza Bairros (Salvador da Bahia, Brazil)
A long-standing national leader of the black movement, Ms. Bairros has been active with the Unified Black Movement since the late 1970s eventually becoming the chair. She was also active in organizing black Brazilian participation in the 2001 UN World Conference Against Racism. She is currently the Secretary to Promote Racial and Gender Equality in the State of Bahia.

Dr. Sueli Carneiro (São Paulo, Brazil)
Dr. Carneiro is the director and founder of Geledes (Institute of Black Women), Brazil's leading black women's organization. Geledes has been a leader in fighting for women's rights, human rights, against police brutality and murder, and justice for workers. She also created the Rappers Project, promoting youth activism and leadership development through hip hop.

Elias de Oliveira Sampaio (Salvador, State of Bahia, Brazil)
An economist, Dr. Sampaio is President of the Data Processing Company of the
State of Bahia (PRODEB) and is also a licensed economist of the Ministry of Planning, Budget and Management. He has studied and been active around economic issues confronting Afro-Brazilians. He has also been consultant for the Brazilian government's International Development Department Program Against Institutional Racism.

Presented by: Levantamos and US Civil Society Committee of the US Brazil Joint Action Plan for the Elimination of Racism JAPER

Free and open to the public

Sankofa Video, Books & Cafe
2714 Georgia Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
Near Howard University/Shaw Metro Station
Enjoy. Thanks to Syvlia for the link.


Blame it in on the Canjiquinha Quente

What does a capoeira mestre have to do with Carmen Miranda? Read this passage about Mestre Canjiquinha from the book “Capoiera Angola - Ensaio Sócio Etnografico” by Waldeloir Rego to find out:
Canjiquinha (Washington Bruno da Silva) was born in Salvador on September 25, 1925. He was a student of the famous capoeista Raimundo Aberrê, from Santo Amaro de Purificação.

In regards to his knickname, he explains that is was given to him by his friend named Dálton Barros, in 1938 because of a samba-batuque called Canjiquniha quente, written by Roberto Martins, sung by Carmen Miranda with the band

Conjunto Regional de Benedtio Larcerda, and recorded by Odeon in 1937… and this was the only thing that he knew how to sing, which he would do constantly. And for this his friend took the initiative to give him this knickname.

Canjiquniha is young and agile, he is a talented singer and musician. He sings like few others and with a vast repertoire and even has a great facility for improvising, and of all, it is he who has most contributed to the adaptation of other types of songs into the folklore of capoeira. Many of the songs mentioned in this book were collected from Canjiquinha.

Of all the Bahian capoeiristas, he was the most invited to participate in exhibitions, trips around Brazil, and he even acted in the movies, in both short and feature length films… As a mestre de capoeira, he worked on the feature films: “Os Bandeirantes”, “Barravento”, “O Pagador de Promessas”, “Senhor dos Navegantes”, “Samba”, and many short films.
Careful with the songs that get stuck in your head! You may just end up with a new capoeira knickname.


João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil: 6 Hour Roda!

Grupo Berimbau Viola
invites everyone to participate in

the 4th annual 6-hour roda
at the Festa das Neves

July 31
3:30 – 9:30 pm

João Pessoa, Paraíba, Brazil

We look forward to seeing you!


Never-Before-Seen Photos of Capoeira & Brazil!

Elina, who has trained with FICA-Chicago and FICA-Bahia and is currently completing her PhD thesis on candomblé, sent out this link. Enjoy these great images:

Dear friends,

The Helinä Rautavaara Ethnographic museum in Finland has uploaded a large part of its collection of photographs on Candomblé, Capoeira and Afro-Brazilian culture in general from the 1960s and 1970s on the online portal of the Finnish National Board of Antiquities for public access.

Having received the link to the digital archive through Katri Hirvonen-Nurmi of the Helinä Rautavaara museum, where I used to work as well, I wanted to share it with with you.

The photos digitalized so far consist of black and white photographs taken by Helinä Rautavaara over her trips to Brazil in the 1960s and 1970s.

Primarily taken in Salvador, São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro in connection to her PhD research on Candomblé, the photo archive contains some real gems. I imagine that as the museum continues with the digitalization of its archives, more materials will be added to the portal.

Click here to access the archives.

I am also happy to pass on any questions or comments to her.


Very best wishes,

The best way to search is to use free search field (On the top left corner). You can use boolean searches and cut the search word with an asterisk * (try: capoe*).

Thanks, Elina! These images are really amazing.


São Paulo, Brazil: 15 Years of Nzinga

July 30 – August 1, 2010

15 years
tradition with resistance

Mestres Janja, Paulinha, Poloca, Jaime de Mar Grande, Plínio, Valmir, Tata Mutá and Tião Carvalho

Workshops, rodas e discussions

R$70, entire event
R$30, per day

Registration and schedule of events:

8937–3396, 9399-3963

Rua dos Cariris, 13B
Pinheiros - São Paulo - Brazil


Philadelphia, USA: Workshop & Roda

A note from Philadelphia, USA:

We hope this email finds you all well and enjoying the summer! We're pleased to invite everyone to two great events this week:

1) Aloan Damasceno from Salvador, Bahia will be visiting Philadelphia this Friday and Saturday! Come out and enjoy a dynamic Capoeira Angola workshop with one of Salvador’s brightest young Angoleiros.
Where: Martin Luther King Center
22nd & Cecil B Moore Ave.
When: Friday July 9, 2010
6:30-8:30 p.m.
Fee: $15

2) FICA Philadelphia July Roda
Where: Martin Luther King Center
22nd & Cecil B Moore Ave.
When: Saturday July 10, 1 - 4p.m.
Free Event!

We hope to see you soon!

Peace & Blessings,
FICA Philadelphia


Dois de Julho: Heroes of Bahian Independence

Dois de Julho (July 2nd) is a big holiday in the city of Salvador de Bahia, Brazil. The center of the city shuts down to make room for a parade celebrating the Caboclo, street parties, and capoeira rodas. On this day in 1823, Brazilian troops definitively expelled Portuguese troops from the country.

The Bahian newspaper, O Correio, published a special edition to celebrate this special day. The edition included a section on the heroes of the battles for independence. Today, streets and neighborhood squares across the city are named after these baianos in honor of their patriotism.

Nobody defeats us: A symbol of the Brazilian people. The caboclo raises the country’s flag and combines all the cultures that make up the nation. He is a mix of the major ethnicities: blacks, whites and Indians, together in a single representation. It was the Caboclo who led and inspired the Bahians in the struggle to liberate their country: tyrants do not have Brazilian hearts!

Maria Felipa
Warrior lioness: Maria Felipa was a capoeirista and led a squadron of forty women on the Island of Itaparica. One of the leading soliders, she set fire to 42 Portuguese ships with her friends. A fearsome woman, she beat captured enemy soldiers. .

Maria Quitéria
A worthy woman: She dressed as a soldier so that she could go into battle. She fought at the Battle of the Parakeets on the Island of Maré, Pituba and Itapuã. In the battle at Pituba, she was one of the best on the battlefield: she attacked trenches and escorted prisoners to the camp.

Antonio Rebouças
Black leader: Antonio Pereira was an abolitionist. A warrior against racism. His favorite saying came to be on battlefield: “anyone brown or black can be a general”. In fact, commanding the battles were many afro-descendents, sertenejos, and even indigenous people.

Encourado de Pedrão
The claws of the sertão: Pedrão is a small city, located near Feira de Santana, that all Brazilians should visit. The warriors dressed in leather came from Pedrão, and are represented in the parade in Salvador every year in this traditional garb.

Corneterio Lopes
Vuvuzela of victory: In the Battle of Pirajá, the Brazilian troops were under pressure. In the kill-or-be-killed battle, the Commander Barros Falção ordered a retreat, but the coronet player Luís Lopes played the signal to advance and kill. It worked: we won!

Other heroes included in the commemoration are Joana Angélica, Lord Cochrane, João de Botas and many more.

Parabéns, Bahia!