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Capoeira Songs

Music is what makes Capoeira unique and rich. Without music Capoeira has no soul, history or meaning…

There are thousands of Capoeira songs and resources out there, so this is just a set of songs we sing regularly or have sang in the past (also songs that I like).

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Ladainhas/corridos:
Ladainha – Bahia Nossa Bahia, Mestre Pastinha
Ladainha – Mundo atrapalhado(?), Mestre Paulo dos Anjos
Ladainha – Torpedeiro Encouraçado, Mestre Waldemar
Ladainha – Riachão tava cantando (Literatura de cordel – Mestre Traira, Mestre Waldemar)
Ladainha – Brasília, Lelé
Vaqueiro Malvado – Mestre Zé Antônio
Estrela – Mestre Poncianinho
Meu Cajueiro – Mestre Poncianinho
Mar Calmo – Mestre Calango Biriba
Sua coroa de ouro é mariô e Meu berimbau – CM Rafael Lemba
Maracangalha – Mestre Curió
Saci Pererê – Mestre Curió
Tabaréu e Pitombeira – Tião Carvalho
Eu não vou no mar – Mestre Zé Baiano
Lenda Viva – Mestre Boa Voz
Oi Sim, sim, sim & A manteiga derramou (Vou dizer a meu Sinhô)
Luanda ê
Camungerê
Canarinho Da Alemanha
A Hora é essa
Paraná ê
Chuê, chuê, chuê, chuà
Camila, Gabriela
Sereno eu caio
A maré tá cheia
Adão, Adão
Ô Areia
Tem Areia
Sobrado de mamãe é debaixo d’água
Dona Maria, como vai você?
Já bati quero ver cair
São Bento me chama
Quem vem lá, sou eu
Sai, Sai Catarina
Valha me deus
Tim, tim, tim aruandê
Pai é pai mãe é mãe
Marinheiro Só
Ninho de cobra
Santo Antônio Quero Água
Boa Viagem

Capoeira Songs playlist YouTube

Capoeira songs can be divided into four main categories:

  • The Ladainha (Litany) is sung at the beginning of the roda. Poetic, metaphorical and sung in quartain format, it usually takes the form of a cautionary tale or legend.
  • The louvação (Praise) gives praise and thanks to any combination Mestre’s present and past, historical figures and those present and god. Also known as Chula
  • Corridos are the overlapping call and response songs typical of African song. Many old corridos are borrowed from other Afro-Brazilian practices such as Samba and Umbanda. Additionally new songs explicitly referring to capoeira are constanly being created.
  • Quadras, created by Mestre Bimba. Quadras follow a set quadrain pattern of four verses and are used much like corridos with the chorus joining in after each refrain

YouTube Capoeira albums

Sources + Good music sites:
Capoeira Song Compendium created by Agogô: www.agogo.nl
Coletânea de cantos de Capoeira
Capoeira Song Book
Capoeira Music
Capoeira Luanda San Diego

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