The music is played specifically for capoeira circle ceremonies. It serves to teach and guide the contestants, and follows an order of rank created by capoeiristas.
Music in Bahia’s Capoeira Angola
Ricardo Pamfilio de Sousa
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(1) Editor’s Note: The samba-de-roda is the samba originated in Bahia. (2) Editor’s Note: The corrido is a short song with overlapping call and answer, sung in capoeira rodas. (3) Editor’s Note: The chula is a song form based on the quadra and had its origin in Portugal. (4) The alternation, interplay or physical dialog between participants in a bout, negacear, is what happens when one comes in and the other moves back, the alternation between attacking and defensive moves. "Capoeira is defense, attack, handling yourself, and a rascal’s skills."