Random Questions about Capoeira

Monday, November 19, 2012

Great weekend with Instrutor Falcao, Instrutor Soldado & my Camara family

Had a great weekend!

Friday night : Capoeira training will all Camara's Capoeristas.

PD pics. From left, Pato, Fadinha, Berimbau & Jumbo. =)
 
Saturday morning : Workshop with Instrutor Falcao.
 
Basically, workshop is not much different with the usual class/training. But hardly to get the chance because we never know when the other Camara's Instrutor like Falcao will be coming to Malaysia. For us, the student - we always waiting for a chance to gain experience and lesson from other Instrutor. Both Instrutor Soldado and Instrutor Falcao are great instructor and during the workshop they shared many things about Capoeira. Capoeira - there's no end/fullstop we talk about Capoeira. You can refer to my previous post here ~> "Love. Life, Joy and Conversation in Circle".
The first workshop with Instrutor Falcao, besides trained us, he also taught us to sing one of the song during "Roda",
 
 
The second workshop with him was on 17 Nov, Sunday 1030 am. Besides training, he taught us the Maculele dance! Awesome! Everyone had a good time with him and everybody really excited to wait for him to coming back to Malaysia soon. ;)
 
And owh yeah! Pic of course! *wink*
 
Our beloved and great Instrutor Soldado, first on the left side & awesome Instrutor Falcao standing in the middle (sleeveless camara camisa) I wasn't there because I'm the one who took the pic. ;)
 
Maculele, below are some source that I got from Google, Wikipedia about Maculele Dance. Sharing is sweet, don't you think so? Haha! So there you go! ;)


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Maculelê (dance) 
Maculelê (Pronounced: mah-koo-leh-LEH) is an Afro Brazilian dance where a number of people gather in a circle called a roda. 
Regarding the etymology, it seems that macu comes from the Yoruba language spoken by the Nagôs (enslaved black people that spoke Yoruba), while lelê comes from the Malês' (enslaved black Muslim people who were literate in Arabic) language. 
 
Form 
In the roda, one or more atabaques positioned at the entrance of the circle. Each person brandishes a pair of long sticks, traditionally made from biriba wood from Brazil. The sticks, called grimas, traditionally measure 24 inches long by 1 and 1/8 inch thick.. They are substantially similar to Eskrima sticks. As the Maculelê rhythm plays on the atabaque, the people in the circle begin rhythmically striking the sticks together. The leader sings, and the people in the circle respond by singing the chorus of the songs. When the leader gives the signal to begin playing Maculelê, two people enter the circle, and to the rhythm of the atabaque, they begin striking their own and each other's sticks together. On the first three beats, they strike their own sticks together, making expressive and athletic dance movements, and on each fourth beat, they strike each other's respective right-hand stick together. This makes for a dance that looks like "mock stick combat". (Also, traditionally in Maculelê, the players wear dried grass skirts). 
Maculelê has steps similar to many other Brazilian dances such as "frevo" from Pernanbuco, "Moçambique" from São Paulo, "Cana-verde" from Vassouras-RJ, "Bate-pau" from Mato Grosso, "Tudundun" from Pará among others. 
 
Capoeira
In some capoeira schools, students perform maculelê using a pair of machetes (facão in Portuguese; plural: facões). These large knives are associated with the tools used by slaves in plantations. The knives spark as they strike in the air, and the sparks along with the sounds of the knives striking one another make this performance particularly impressive. Because a fast moving dance with large knives is dangerous, only very experienced dancers will use knives. 
 
*Pic from Google.

 
Origins
The origins of Maculelê are obscure, and there are many stories, theories and beliefs that claim "this is how Maculelê came to be". Here are three: 
1.    During the slavery era in Brazil, the slaves in the sugarcane plantations would gather and play Maculelê as a game to vent their anger and frustration from being slaves. At this time, machetes were used instead of sticks. Sticks were later incorporated for safety reasons. However, some experts still use machetes.
2.    There were two tribes in Brazil: a peaceful tribe, and a warlike one. The warlike tribe would repeatedly attack the peaceful tribe, who had no way of defending themselves. One day, during an attack, a young boy named "Maculelê" picked up a pair of sticks and fought off the other tribe. The other tribe never attacked again. The boy didn't manage to fight them off completely, but did die trying. His home tribe then made a mock combat dance using sticks and named the dance "Maculelê" in his honor and memory. 
3.    An interior West African village was embroiled in a regional conflict. All of the warriors of the village were called to the front lines to defend their people from invaders. All of the able bodied men gathered their arms and went to join the battle. The next day, the villagers were awakened to find their small village, supposedly far from the battle, was being attacked by part of the invading army. With no warriors left to defend the village, an unlikely hero emerged. A young boy took up two simple sticks and inspired the remaining villagers to mount a fearless defense. His heroic efforts became legend are represented in the Maculelê. 
Maculelê is sometimes practiced by itself, but is quite often practiced alongside capoeira, and is featured in many capoeira performances. Maculelê and Capoeira are fairly similar in style.
 
In popular culture
Maculelê was performed as a group dance in the Canadian version of So You Think You Can Dance.

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Untill next time! But... If you ever wonder how am I look like, fat girl - 158 cm & 64 kg. Not pretty & not attractive at all. But one thing for sure, I am thankful to Allah swt for everything I am, everything I have and everything I will be.
 
Xoxo,
Gill
*it's me*
 

8 comments:

CekbOlat-bOlat said...

nak nengok gill nari . heheeh

Jna marcello said...

Hi jumbo ;D

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