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From Mestre Acordeon's book Capoeira: A Brazilian Art Form...

pgs. 11-12

When the berimbau calls banguela all the knowledge and cunning are reflected in a slow motion of subtle counter-attacks, better performed by those whose spirit surpasses their body through many years of experience.  The music is important for the development of a good fighting rhythm, timing, and concentration.  Listening to it, the capoeiristas transport themselves to another level of consciousness and expand their perceptions of time, space, and movements.

pg. 54

To the rhythm of banguela, for instance, capoeiristas would be required to slip to the floor in contortions, traps, and evasions.

pg. 117

Mestre Bimba eventually played the rhythm of banguela to cool down the heat of the jogos.