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Mestre Toni Vargas – Noite Sem Lua

“I lived in Engenho de Dentro, a suburb of Rio. There, I had a group of very special friends: we were more than friends, we were brethren of capoeira…”

Learn to play the Berimbau

We hope you enjoy these video tutorials with Mestre Virgulinho on how to play the Berimbau.

São Bento Grande de Mestre Bimba

This rhythm is often called “São Bento Grande de Regional” or simply “Regional”.

Iúna

A medium-paced and graceful game, it is played traditionally by “formados” (graduated students)…

Idalina

A slow to moderate rhythm, Idalina was also created by Mestre Bimba, and is often heard in regional rodas…

Samba de Roda

This rhythm comes from the traditional Sambas de Roda of Bahia and is perhaps the oldest of the toques listed…

Benguela

Banguela is a slower rhythm created by Mestre Bimba. It is a “jogo de floreios”, not in the sense of acrobatics…

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