This feature is designed to spark your interest in researching the world of capoeira's vocabulary, history, and philosophy.
Our Capoeira Wiki-Word series invites you to research the word of the week and post your definition(s) and translations. At the end of each week, the entries will be reviewed and then summarized into a translation and a definition of the Capoeira Wiki-Word of the week.
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This week's Capoeira Wiki-Word is:
São Bento Grande de Regional
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A note on notation:
- = Open berimbau tone. The arame is struck with the dobrão open and the cabaça away from the stomach for a low note, or dobrão pressing firmly for a high note. In this notation, notes that are unfilled are played unmuted rather than representing a half note.
- = Muted berimbau note (cabaça is held against the body).
- = A buzz (strike the arame with the dobrão resting lightly on the arame and the cabaça against the body)
- Double and single eighth notes. An eight note is 1/2 a beat.
- = A slur (press the dobrão against the arame without striking with the other hand)
- = A quarter note rest (1 beat)
- = An eighth note rest (1/2 a beat)
- = Shows the basic pulse underneath the bar for comparison. Four boxes = 1 beat
A gifted berimbau player - some say one of the best in Bahia - Bimba stressed the importance of music in capoeira, both in the creation of the roda and in the games themselves. The move away from music in modern day capoeira (often referred to as Regional, but more accurately described as a Contemporary style) is a consequence of the changes brought about by some of Bimba’s students and their descendants, and does not reflect his own philosophy.