“Chama eu, chama eu angola, chama eu mestre, chama eu Bahia, chama eu Salvador”
We are located in Durham, North Carolina, within the United States (Durham, Carolina do Norte, Estados Unidos). We have been working for over 10 years to develop a capoeira angola study group. Over the years we have bonded with International foundations, trained with the best in Salvador (Bahia, Brazil), trained with Mestres, Contra-Mestres and Treinels from multiple lineages, and have had a direct impact in our community through health, fitness, and cultural arts education. While we may be on the edge of making some big steps as a group, we welcome all levels to share as we expand our consciousness and are transformed by the artform we call Capoeira Angola.
About Capoeira Angola
Capoeira (pronounced ka-poe-eh-da) Angola is the traditional African Brazilian style of Capoeira. It was held by Mestre Pastinha (Vicente Ferreira Pastinha) who was considered a father of this style. Capoeira Angola is mainly played in slow and smooth motion, low to the ground. It is characterized with low kicks, head butts and dodges. In Angola, the two players (called Angoleiros) are very close to each other. Capoeira Angola contains a lot of ritualistic and demonstrative movements and while played it brings the sense of the African rituals and philosophy to the fighters and to the observants. The music of Capoeira Angola is slower than the one played in Capoeira Regional and its focus is less on aggressive interaction between the Angoleiros and more on positive energy.
About the Terreiro
Terreiro (pronounced teh-HEY-dhoo) in African-Brazilian culture, is the place for performance, ceremony, worship and offerings. Although not always of clay, the name remains the reference to the sheds and yards where African Brazilian celebrations were held. Terreiros in contemporary times are known as temples, houses, and fields. They are usually surrounded by both natural and cultivated vegetation, symbolizing the forest and the farm, the habitats of the outdoors, and the sources of life.
In Durham, our Terreiro fosters the growth of collective energy, creativity, and community arts and culture. We truly value and educate through community health, fitness, positive relationships and working together. The Terreiro believes it is important to carry the wisdom of the past and our cultural heritage with reverence, respect and love. We invite you to nurture and expand this vision!