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Quem foi teu mestre 

Includes English Translation and Audio

Iê quem foi teu mestre


Menino quem foi teu mestre

Mestre foi Salomão

Discípulo que aprendo

Mestre que dou lição

O Mestre quem me ensinou

No engenho da Conceição

A ele devo dinheiro

Saúde e obrigação

Segredo de São Cosme

Mas quem sabe é São Damião


Água de beber

Ei Aruandê

Aia camaradinha

Ie who was your master


Boy who was you master

Master was Solomon

Disciple who learn

Master that give lesson

The Master who taught me

Resourcefulness of Conception

To him I owe money

Health and obligation

Secret of St. Cosme

But who knows St. Damian


Water to drink

Ei Aruandê

Aia friend

Capenga ontem teve aqui 

Capenga ontem teve aqui


Capenga ontem teve aqui

Deu dois mil réis a papai

Três mil réis a mamãe

Café, açúcar a vovó

Deu dois vintém a mim

Sim senhor, meu camará

Quando eu entrar, você entra

Quando eu sair, você sai

Passar bem, passar mal

Mas tudo no mundo é passar


Água de beber

A cripple was here yesterday


A cripple was here yesterday

Gave two thousand reis to Dad

Three thousand reis to Mom

Coffee, sugar to Grandma

Gave two twenties for me

Yes sir, my freind

When I enter, you enter

When I leave, you leave

Be well, be sick

But everything in life passing


Water to drink

Estava na minha casa 

Iê na minha casa


Tava na minha casa

Sem pensar, sem imaginar

Mandaram me chamar

Pra ajudar a vencer

Mas a guerra do Paraná


Água de beber

Ei Aruandê

Aia quer me vender

Ie in my house


I was in my house

Without thinking, without imagining

They sent to call me

To help to beat

But it’s the war of  Paraná


Water to drink

Ei Aruandê

Aia wants to sell me

Mestre Bimba -Criador da Capoeira Regional

Manoel dos Reis Machado was born on 23rd November 1899, in the neighbourhood of Brotas, Engenho Velho, in the city of Salvador, state of Bahia, the son of Luis Candido Machado, batuque artist, and Dona Maria Martinha do Bonfim. His capoeira name, Mestre Bimba, arose from a bet between his mother and the midwife as to whether he would be a boy or a girl. Being a boy, he had a Bimba, referring to his masculine genital organs.

Feeling that capoeira was losing its characteristics, he, possessing a creative spirit and great intelligence, decided to create a particular method, known today as Regional Baiana. Excellent practitioner of capoeria and intimate with Batuque (ancient art of fighting now disused), Mestre Bimba became the great name of capoeira, being the image itself of the fight.

In 1932 he founded the first specialised academy, in Engenho Velho do Brotas. At this time he also taught in people’s homes, in the ‘Roca do Lobo’. On 9th June 1937, he registered his Capoeira Scool with the Secretary of Education, Helth and Public Assistance, becoming the first authorised academy to lecture Capoeira. In 1939 he taught ‘regional’ in the army base of the CPOR. He established his second academy in 1942.

On 23rd July 1953, when the President Getulio Vargas watched in the Palacio da Aclamacao, together with Dr Regis Pachecho, then Govenor of Bahia, a presentation of capoeria regional by Mestre Bimba. The president confirmed that capoeira was a unique and truly national sport. He also administered his course in colleges and army and military police headquarters.