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Dança do Nego Nagô

Capoeira Song of the Week:  Dança do Nego Nagô

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Capoeira Song of the Week: Dança do Nego Nagô

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The format works like this:

The lyrics in Portuguese are in bold

The phonetic spelling for pronunciation is in italics with the STRESSED SYLLABLES IN ALL CAPITALS with syllables se-pa-ra-ted by dash-es

The English translation is in regular text.

Dança do Nego Nagô

 

O nego era perseguido era mal tratado

Ooh  NEH-gooh EH-rah pehrh-seh-GHEEH-dooh EH-rah mah/ooh trah-TAH-doo

The Afro-Brazilian was persecuted and poorly treated

Vivia escondido, era castigado

Veeh-VEEH-ah ehs-kohn-DEEH-dooh, EH-rah kah-steeh-GAH-dooh

He lived hidden, he was punished

No chicote do feitor

Nooh sheeh-KOH-cheeh dooh fey-TOHRH

By the whip of the overseer

 

(coro/chorus)

Ô, Ô, Ô, Ô, Ô

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

 

Era o nego Nagô

Eh-rah ooh NEH-gooh nah-GOH

It was the Afro-Brazilian Nagô

 

Mas ele escondia no peito uma saudade

Mayez IH-leeh ehs-kohn-DEEH-ah nooh PEY-tooh OOH-mah sau-DAH-deeh

But he hid in his chest a deep longing

Vivia em buscar de liberdade

Veeh-VEEH-ah ehnh boohs-KAHRH deeh leeh-behrh-DAH-deeh

He lived in search of freedom

Que a capoeira foi salvar

Keeh ah kah-pooh-EY-rah foy sah/ooh-VAHRH

That capoeira saved

 

(coro/chorus)

Ô, Ô, Ô, Ô, Ô

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh

Ensinando o nego a lutar

Ehnh-seeh-NAHN-dooh ooh NEH-gooh ah looh-TAHRH

Teaching the Afro-Brazilian to fight

 

Ô, Ô, Ô, Ô, Ô, Nego de Angola sim senhor

Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh NEH-gooh deeh Ahn-GOH-lah seehnh sehnh-YOHRH

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh The Afro-Braziliand from Angola

Ô, Ô, Ô, Ô, Ô, É a dança do nego Nagô

Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh eh/ah DAHN-sah dooh NEH-gooh nah-GOH

Oh, oh, oh, oh oh It is the dance of the Afro-Brazilian Nagô

 

(coro/chorus)

Ô, Ô, Ô, Ô, Ô, Nego de Angola sim senhor

Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh NEH-gooh deeh Ahn-GOH-lah seehnh sehnh-YOHRH

Oh, oh, oh, oh, oh The Afro-Braziliand from Angola

Ô, Ô, Ô, Ô, Ô, É a dança do nego Nagô

Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh, Oh eh/ah DAHN-sah dooh NEH-gooh nah-GOH

Oh, oh, oh, oh oh It is the dance of the Afro-Brazilian Nagô

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