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Camará is short for the Portuguese word camarada which translates to comrade.
Chulas (SHOO-lahs, or "songs") are also variously called the cantos de
entrada (KAHN-tohs d(j)ee ehn-TRAH-dah, or "songs of entry"), and the
louvação (loo-vah-SAO(m), or "salutation").
They consist of a series of call and response chants that end the ladainha.
They call out various people, places, images, and philosophies of
capoeira. The singer begins each line with the call of Iê. The chorus then
repeats the line and adds the word camará (derived from "comrade") to
the end of each line:
LEAD: Iê, viva meu Mestre
CHORUS: Iê, viva meu Mestre, camará
LEAD: Iê, quem me ensinou
CHORUS: Iê, quem me ensinou, camará