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Capoeira Reading List

Capoeira Reading List

First published Dec 2014
Last Updated 24 May 2019

Capoeira Reading List

I’m compiling a list of Capoeira books & papers, I’ll update this page with books/papers I have read.

* Capoeira Angola – Mestre Pastinha (PDF)
* A Herança de Mestre Pastinha PDF
* The Heritage of Pastinha (English) PDF

* 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 philosophy 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

* Capoeira 100: An Illustrated Guide to the Essential Movements and Techniques (one of my first books, but I never actually did the practice within it, good for beginners, but it seems to have gone up in price too much since I bought it)

* The Capoeira Guidebook: Investigations into the Culture, History, and Philosophy of the Afro-Brazilian Art, Evan Wedsworth – a concise guide in English that gives a good overview of Capoeira and its history.
External resources

* Dr. Sara Delamont’s team Capoeira research resouces

* Digital archive in Portuguese: Capoeira Nomade Acervo Digital

* 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

2 thoughts on “Capoeira Reading List

  1. Evan

    Hi Lele, I like your blog a lot. The article on Mestre Moa’s murder is powerful, and raises some troubling questions about this election. This comment is a little bit of self-promotion: I wrote and self-published a small book on capoeira that you might like. It’s intended to give some context to anyone interested in capoeira’s culture, especially Western folks who don’t speak much Portuguese. Check it out if you’re interested.

    1. lele Post author

      Hi Evan, I hadn’t seen this comment! Had a look at the book on Amazon, I have ordered it for my own personal library, it’s actually fairly priced too (some of the books are exceedingly expensive, sadly), I guess because it’s self-published. I really enjoyed the writing style so I’m adding to my list.

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