Paranaue and the War of the Triple Alliance
Singing for Survival: Capoeira History
by Mike Pinto
11M ago
Paranaue is arguably the most popular and well known song in Capoeira, and it's probably the most well known Capoeira song to people outside of the art. It’s the song people sing as a joke when they can tell the people around them don't know the song they’re singing. But what is it that we are actually singing about? If you take a cursory look at the lyrics, it honestly isn’t really clear. The verses are often improvised for situational relevance, and even the “standard” verses seem at best oblique references to something. For those who have asked the question of “what is this even about” in t ..read more
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O Que E Berimbau?
Singing for Survival: Capoeira History
by Mike Pinto
1y ago
In this episode I want to talk about arguably the most important instrument in the Capoeira bateria, the berimbau. The berimbau is an instantly recognizable symbol of Capoeira in the modern day, and in most circles is what leads the roda itself. At some point we all learn how to play this instrument and expect to see it in every roda we attend, but in some ways, there are questions about the instrument itself that we take for granted due to its ubiquitousness. Things like: where did this instrument originate from? When and how did it get to Brazil? Has it always been in Capoeira? If not, when ..read more
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Saci Pererê: Uma Perna Só
Singing for Survival: Capoeira History
by Mike Pinto
2y ago
Today’s episode is not about a person or even a legend within Capoeira. Instead I want to talk about a Brazilian cultural folklore, Saci Perere. Saci is a figure that I have been vaguely aware of for some time. I’ve known several people who were nicknamed Saci, and have heard Saci mentioned in several songs, but wasn’t really aware of who or what he is. So in this episode we dig into this folk trickster, examining who he is, where his story comes from, and what cultural relevance he has today. Sitio do Picapau Amarelo w/ Saci: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjN7r_mrZEw Storyteller Squad Pod ..read more
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Bonus Episode: You're History! - OTS x Singing for Survival Ultimate Mashup
Singing for Survival: Capoeira History
by Mike Pinto
2y ago
A very special episode where I collaborate with the folks from the Only the Strongest podcast to talk about Capoeira history! If you like this episode, please check them out here: https://open.spotify.com/show/3jw3OGIPDqc2jL8isOFHVD?si=d69e3054ab40433b As always, feel free to send me any questions, comments or stories at: mikepinto@comcast.net ..read more
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Bonus Episode: Our Living History
Singing for Survival: Capoeira History
by Mike Pinto
2y ago
Super brief bonus episode while I work on the next main one. Here I share my thoughts on the importance of learning our "present histories" and how many figures we may consider historical are still dynamic, active, and changing. Feel free to contact me with questions, comments, or stories at mikepinto@comcast.net ..read more
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Maculele: Origins and Modern Interpretation
Singing for Survival: Capoeira History
by Mike Pinto
2y ago
Today’s episode we will not be talking directly about Capoeira, but instead about a related Afro-Brazilian art that has become inextricably tied to Capoiera: Maculele. Most people who’ve been in Capoeira for some significant amount of time, have been at least exposed to Maculele, if not actively practiced it. It is a dance form of simulated combat with sticks, performed to a very specific drum rhythm, often performed with machetes and/or in extravagant costumes. In today’s discussion, I’ll be discerning between a few different types of Maculele. First is what I’ll call “Modern Maculele” which ..read more
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Njinga: Queen of Angola
Singing for Survival: Capoeira History
by Mike Pinto
3y ago
In today’s episode, we are going farther back in time than any of our previous episodes, back to the foundations of the Transatlantic Slave Trade in Western Africa. We are not talking about a Capoeirista, we aren’t even talking about a Brazilian, but instead someone who is hugely important to the resistance of foreign influence to African nations and cultures. We are talking about Queen Njinga of Angola, a person who used every tactic available to her to keep her nation independent, and who’s legacy lead to the modern-day independent state of Angola. Angola is hugely important to Capoeira hist ..read more
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Madame Satã: What it Means to be a Malandro
Singing for Survival: Capoeira History
by Mike Pinto
3y ago
Today's episode is about an extremely interesting legend in recent Capoeira history. We will be traveling to Rio de Janeiro in the early 1900's, only a few decades after slavery was abolished, and while Capoeira was still explicitly illegal. We are looking at a character who challenged what it meant to be a malandro, and really what it meant to be a man in Brasil at this time. Someone forced to the outskirts of society for who they were, but who nevertheless made a name for themselves that we remember today. A fighter, outlaw, dancer, and singer this person fully embraced all aspects of who th ..read more
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Sexual Abuse in Capoeira: What We Know and What We Can Do
Singing for Survival: Capoeira History
by Mike Pinto
3y ago
Today’s episode is going to be a complete departure from the previous format of this podcast. There will be no music, and we will not be talking about a specific person or a specific time period. Instead, we will be talking about the pervasive problems of sexual harassment and abuse in capoeira that recent news reports have once again highlighted. This is unfortunately not new news, over the years this topic has come up several times as movements like MeToo have encouraged people who were victimized to come forward. I have a few main goals for this episode. First is to relay the details of wha ..read more
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Besouro Manganga
Singing for Survival: Capoeira History
by Mike Pinto
3y ago
The subject of today’s episode is Manuel Pereira, better known as Besouro Manganga. Besouro is one of if not the most famous figure in Capoeira history, and for many good reasons. Besouro was so legendary in his fighting prowess, that it was said both that he could shapeshift to escape capture and that he was mystically immune to all physical harm. He lived in a time when Capoeira was heavily persecuted, and fought valiantly against that suppressive system. I’ve heard more capoeira songs referencing Besouro than any other Capoeira figure, and if you’ve been in Capoeira for any significant amou ..read more
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