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:

 

Bamba

 

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Update

 

 

Risos did some great sleuthing on this one.  Check it out...

 

According to Mestre Poncianinho in "Essential Capoeira": ..."Mestre Bimba had a hard and disciplined training style, using various techniques to toughen up his students; part of his training involved throwing stones at his students to improve thier reflexes. Students were trained to fight with conviction, and to leave their fear at the door. Mestre Bimba himself was a tough fighter, and was often described as "Bimba e bamba" ("Bimba is tough").

 

According to my brazilian comrade: Rodrigo Mattiazo Rosolen
"Hi Risos!! I put the real senses of each word about bamba below!!

Basically the word means expert. If somebody practice capoeira, she needs to be a expert. But, in some contexts can be something good like: " O berimbau também é bamba " ( The berimbau is a good instrument).

(Solo) É de bamba (expert), é de bamba (expert) ê, ê! A capoeira é de bamba (expert).
(Coro) É de bamba (expert), é de bamba (expert) ê, ê!
(Solo) O berimbau também é bamba (something good).
(Coro) É de bamba (expert), é de bamba (expert) ê, ê!
(Solo) A capoeira que é bamba (something good).
(Coro) É de bamba (expert), é de bamba (expert) ê, ê!
(Solo) Mas a Bahia só tem bamba (expert)
(Coro) É de bamba (expert), é de bamba (expert) ê, ê!
(Solo) Todo mundo aqui é bamba (expert)
(Coro) É de bamba (expert), é de bamba (expert) ê, ê!

 

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