Themes

Capoeira songs tend to be simple yet rich in meaning. They reflect a wide range of themes from Slavery to Women. On this site, I’ve done my best to group the songs according to theme. This is done to help illustrate the diversity of topics capoeira songs cover and also to help capoeiristas focus on the kinds of songs that interest them the most. It is important to understand the kinds of things that were on the minds of the capoeiristas of old and also how the various capoeira songwriters see the game.

About the Roda

These songs make commentary about what is happening in the roda. It is an important theme to learn as it will help you sing songs more appropriate for the mood in the roda. The song may talk about various movements in the game or how a particular player is playing. Here are some examples of songs with this theme:

Tribute to Capoeira

These are very general songs about capoeira. They talk about how great the art is and how it should be respected. Sometimes they seek to encourage capoeiristas to keep practicing the art and spread it around the world. Here are some examples of songs with this theme:

Tribute to Mestres & Legends

These songs hail the mestres of old such as Mestre Bimba, Mestre Pastinha, and Mestre Waldemar. They also pay tribute to such legends as Zumbi, Besouro Manganga and Lampião. Here are some examples of songs with this theme:

Capoeira Metaphors

Alot of these songs talk about nature but also use it as a metaphor for certain aspect of capoeira. The sea and waves are common metaphors as alot of the early capoeiristas worked by the docks. The ocean and the waves can also symbolize the rhythmic movements of capoeira. Here are some examples of songs with this theme:

Afro-Brazilian Religion & Culture

Capoeira was born in Bahia where most of the people were of African descent and also practitioners of Afro-Brazilian religions such as Candomblé and also Catholicism. The culture of the Afro-Brazilians still has strong ties with Africa. Most of the earliest capoeiristas were Afro-Brazilians and thus sang songs about their religion and culture. Here are some examples of songs with this theme:

Moral Lesson

These songs try to teach good morals often by telling a story or explaining the importance of certain virtues. They are commonly found in the Ladainha and Quadra style. Here are some examples of songs with this theme:

Places of Significance

Capoeiristas love to sing about where they are from. But also there are songs dedicated to historically significant places like the city of São Salvaldor (now Salvador) in Bahia, or Bahia Todos Os Santos thought to be the birthplace of capoeira. Here are some examples of songs with this theme:

Tribute to Women

Wether positive or negative, there are songs dedicated to women. Sometimes it may be reference to a woman in the game or one’s lover. Some songs also encourage women to play. Capoeira was (and still is) very male dominated and so songs about women would only seem natural. Here are some examples of songs with this theme:

Tribute to Instruments

These songs are about certain instruments used the bateria. The most popular being the Berimbau. The songs hail the sound and significance of these instruments. Sometimes the songs are about how a great the singer is at playing that instrument. Here are some examples of songs with this theme:

Slavery

Capoeira was born out of slavery and so there are many songs dedicated to the memory of those taken from Africa to be enslaved in the new world. The songs are about the plight of the slaves in Brazil. Slavery did not officially get abolished in Brazil until 1888. Here are some examples of songs with this theme:

Folklore

These are songs often about mythical figures such as Mermaids or about old wise tales sometimes involving non-human characters. Some of these songs also deal with old superstitions beliefs. Here are some examples of songs with this theme:

Africa

These are songs in nostalgia for Africa. Also, playing hommage to the motherland without which much of capoeira culture would not exist. Here are some examples of songs with this theme:

Capoeira Roots & Origins

These songs tell of how it all began, narrating how capoeira came to be. Songs in this category are rich in history and knowledge. Here are some examples of songs with this theme:

Special Occasions

There are few of these songs set for special occasions. These are songs are particularly good for birthdays and goodbye rodas. A birthday roda is a game where a player celebrating his or her birthday has to play everyone else. A similar routine is done for Goodbye rodas. Here are some examples of songs with this theme:

3 Comments
  1. Tarekinho 4 years ago

    Hello, I just saw this site and I would like to thank you to put so much efforts!
    We (Bidna Capoeira Charity) setting up Capoeira projects in Refugee Camps and we also using a lot of songs to ‘built bridges’ to implement life skill sessions. Your site is a great resource! Thank you ..!

    • meianoitecapoeira 4 years ago

      Thank you so much for your comment. It’s my pleasure to help and please let me know if there’s anything more I can add that would make the site more useful to you. Thanks again! -Meia Noite

  2. francisco javier junquera Pérez (pena) 3 years ago

    Muchas gracias.
    This page help me a lot to develop my music skill in capoeira and understand more the culture of brasil.
    Thank you so much.
    Pena. Grupo Capoeira Brasil formandas potiguara (sydney Australia).

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