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Capoeira Song of the Week: Malandragem

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Malandragem

 

Malandragem só sai daqui

Mah-lahn/DRAH-zhehnh sah/uh saye dah-KEEH

Malandragem only comes from here

Quando essa roda acabar

KWAHNH-dooh EH-sah HAH/UH-dah ah-kah-BAHRH

When this roda ends

Se o meu mestre disser Iê

Seeh ooh meh/ooh MEHS-treeh deeh-SEHRH eeh-YAY

If my mestre says Iê

Ou se Cavalaria tocar

Oh seeh kah-vah-lah-REEH-ah toh-KAHRH

Or if Cavalaria plays

Capoeira é antiga arte

Kah-pooh-EY-rah eh/ah ahnh-TEEH-gah AHRH-teeh

Capoeira is an ancient art

Foi o negro inventando

Foy ooh NEH-grooh eehnh-vehnh-TAHNH-dooh

Black people inventing it

Me diga quem é brasileiro

Meeh DEEH-gah kehnh eh/ah brah-zeeh-LEY-rooh

Tell me who is Brazilian

E não tem um pouco de malandro

Eeh nowhnh tehnh oohnh POH-kooh deeh mah-LAHN-drooh

And doesn't have a bit of malandro

Malandragem

Mah-lahnh-DRAH-zhehnh

Malandragem

 

(coro/chorus)

Oi malandro, é malandro

Oy mah-LAHN-drooh, eh/ah mah-LAHN-drooh

Hey malandro is a malandro

Capoeira

Kah-pooh-EY-rah

Capoeira

Oi malandro, é malandro

Oy mah-LAHN-drooh, eh/ah mah-LAHN-drooh

Hey malandro is a malandro

Na Bahia

Nah bah-EEH-ah

In Bahia

Oi malandro, é malandro

Oy mah-LAHN-drooh, eh/ah mah-LAHN-drooh

Hey malandro is a malandro

Na ladeira

Nah lah-DEY-rah

On the hill

Oi malandro, é malandro

Oy mah-LAHN-drooh, eh/ah mah-LAHN-drooh

Hey malandro is a malandro

Malandragem

Mah-lahnh-DRAH-zhehnh

Malandragem

Oi malandro, é malandro

Oy mah-LAHN-drooh, eh/ah mah-LAHN-drooh

Hey malandro is a malandro

 

Ê, finge que vai mas não vai

Eh, FEEHNH-zhee keeh vaye mayez nowhnh vaye

Eh, he pretends that he's going but doesn't go

Bicho vem e eu me faço de morto

BEEH-shooh vehnh eeh eh/ooh meeh FAH-sooh deeh MOHRH-tooh

The beast comes and I play dead

Mas se a coisa apertar

Mayez seeh ah KOY-zah ah-pehrh-TAHRH

But if something grabs me

Pra Deus eu peço socorro

Prah Deh/oohs eh/ooh PEH-sooh soh-KOH-hooh

To God I ask for help

Entro e saio sem me machucar

EHNH-trooh eeh SAYE-ooh sehnh meeh mah-shooh-KAHRH

I go in and I go out with hurting myself

Subo e desço sem escorregar

SOOH-booh eeh DEH-sooh sehnh ehs-koh-heh-GAHRH

I go up and I go down without slipping

Vou louvando o criador da mandinga

Voh loh-VAHNH-dooh ooh kreeh-ah-DOHRH dah mahnh-DEEHNH-gah

I am praising the creator of mandinga

O malandro que inventou a ginga

Ooh mah-LAHNH-drooh keeh eehnh-vehnh-TOH ah ZHEEHNH-gah

The malandro that invented the ginga

E a malandragem

Eeh ah mah-lahnh-DRAH-zhehnh

And malandragem

 

(coro/chorus)

Oi malandro, é malandro

Oy mah-LAHN-drooh, eh/ah mah-LAHN-drooh

Hey malandro is a malandro

Capoeira

Kah-pooh-EY-rah

Capoeira

Oi malandro, é malandro

Oy mah-LAHN-drooh, eh/ah mah-LAHN-drooh

Hey malandro is a malandro

Na Bahia

Nah bah-EEH-ah

In Bahia

Oi malandro, é malandro

Oy mah-LAHN-drooh, eh/ah mah-LAHN-drooh

Hey malandro is a malandro

Na ladeira

Nah lah-DEY-rah

On the hill

Oi malandro, é malandro

Oy mah-LAHN-drooh, eh/ah mah-LAHN-drooh

Hey malandro is a malandro

Malandragem

Mah-lahnh-DRAH-zhehnh

Malandragem

Oi malandro, é malandro

Oy mah-LAHN-drooh, eh/ah mah-LAHN-drooh

Hey malandro is a malandro

 

O sol faz o chão esquentar

Ooh sohw fayez ooh showhnh ehs-kehnh-TAHRH

The sun heats up the ground

Calma moça, chuva vem esfriar

KAHW-mah MOH-sah, SHOOH-vah vehnh ehs-freeh-AHRH

Calm down young lady, rain comes to cool it down

Expressão do rosto da menina

Ehs-prehs-SOWHNH dooh HOHS-tooh dah meh-NEEH-nah

Expression of the girl's face

Ao saber que essa é a minha sina

Ah/ooh sah-BEHRH keeh EHS-sah eh/ah ah meehnh-yah SEEH-nah

To know that that is my destiny

Bato forte não devagar

BAH-tooh FOHRH-teeh nowhnh deeh-vah-GAHRH

It hits hard not slow

Cuidado quando se levantar

Kweeh-DAH-dooh KWAHNH-dooh see leh-vahn-TAHRH

Careful when you get up

Berimbau já fez sua cantiga

Beeh-reehnh-BOW zhah feyz sooh/ah kahnh-CHEEH-gah

Berimbau already made its song

Coração me impulsa pra cima

Koh-rah-SOWHNH meeh eehm-POOHW-sah prah SEEH-mah

Heart gets me excited

E a malandragem

Eeh ah mah-lahnh-DRAH-zhehnh

And malandragem

 

(coro/chorus)

Oi malandro, é malandro

Oy mah-LAHN-drooh, eh/ah mah-LAHN-drooh

Hey malandro is a malandro

Capoeira

Kah-pooh-EY-rah

Capoeira

Oi malandro, é malandro

Oy mah-LAHN-drooh, eh/ah mah-LAHN-drooh

Hey malandro is a malandro

Na Bahia

Nah bah-EEH-ah

In Bahia

Oi malandro, é malandro

Oy mah-LAHN-drooh, eh/ah mah-LAHN-drooh

Hey malandro is a malandro

Na ladeira

Nah lah-DEY-rah

On the hill

Oi malandro, é malandro

Oy mah-LAHN-drooh, eh/ah mah-LAHN-drooh

Hey malandro is a malandro

Malandragem

Mah-lahnh-DRAH-zhehnh

Malandragem

Oi malandro, é malandro

Oy mah-LAHN-drooh, eh/ah mah-LAHN-drooh

Hey malandro is a malandro

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