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Capoeira Reading List

Capoeira Reading List

First published Dec 2014
Last Updated 28 Apr 2018

Capoeira Reading List

I’m compiling a list of Capoeira books & papers, I’ll update this page as I find and read more books.

* Capoeira Angola – Mestre Pastinha (PDF)
* A Herança de Mestre Pastinha PDF
* The Heritage of Pastinha (English) PDF
* Mestre Pastinha’s Manuscripts (photos) by Hilton Souza

* A Herança de Mestre Bimba PDF
* The Heritage of Bimba (English) PDF

* A alegria da Capoeira PDF – Canjiquinha
* The Joy of Capoeira (English) PDF – Canjiquinha

* The Little Capoeira Book – Nestor Capoeira

* Capoeira: Roots of the Dance-Fight-Game – Nestor Capoeira. I read this after ‘The Little Capoeira Book’. There’s a third book written by him as part of the trilogy but I can’t find it at an affordable price…

* Capoeira A Brazilian Art Form – Bira de Almeida (Mestre Acordeon)

* A negregada instituição – Os Capoeiras no Rio de Janeiro 1850-1890 – Carlos Eugenio Libano Soares.

* Capoeira and Candomble – Floyd Merrell

* Mysticism in Capoeira – amongst other things, explains the meaning of various capoeira songs. I don’t know who wrote this originally, but it was translated to English by Shayna McHugh, 2005

* A Roda do mundo Post-graduate social anthropology paper – Celso de Brito (2010)

Capoeira, a phylosophy of the body extract by Camille Marc Dumoulié

* Mestre Traira CD + Historia

* É preta Kalungá – A Capoeira Angola como Prática da Política entre os Angoleiros Baianos – Anos 80-90 – Rosangêla Costa Araújo (Mestra Janja) – (Fundação Gregório de Mattos)

* Vivências e fundamentos de um mestre de capoeira – Mestre Brasilia (Editora Matrix)

* Historia, Cantoria e versos – Mestre Roxinho

* As Asas do Mestre – Mestre Ousado

* Capoeira: The Essential Guide to Mastering the Art – Ponciano Almeida

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External resources

* Dr. Sara Delamont’s team Capoeira research resouces

* Digital archive in Portuguese: http://capoeiranomade.blogspot.co.uk/

* Open Capoeira Blog Book Collection

* Not a book, but a must read! CapoeiraGens – Capoeira Genealogy tree of well known mestres. Mestre’s Poncianinho’s

Mestre Poncianinho's genealogy tree

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