A comprehensive Capoeira resource list by Dr Sara Delamont

1 July 2016

A comprehensive Capoeira resource list by Dr Sara Delamont

Dr. Sara Delamont (Cardiff University) sent me this extensive list of capoeira resources. Thank you for sharing, Dr Delamont!

This appendix is an annotated list of the sources that Sara and Neil have used to learn about capoeira since 2002. It is annotated in a personal idiosyncratic way. There are many items that appear in the formal bibliography but also a few that do not, especially in the DVD list. There are many websites, but these are ephemeral, and we have not listed those we have consulted here.

Part 1 is DVDs, Part 2 printed ephemera, and Part 3 scholarly sources.

Part 1 DVDS
There are three films that circulate on DVD round capoeiristas in the UK
Only the Strong (1993) starring Mark Dacasces. Twentieth Century Fox
Slums, Drums and Capoeira (2010) Whitematter
Besouro (2010)
The following are DVDS made by capoeira masters and scholars about its history.
A Escola Nestor Capoeira. (2006) Produced by Itapuã Beiramar. [DVD]. Capoeira Video School, vol. 1. Rio de Janeiro: Saú & Magem.

Jogo de Ideia – Um Papo Federal com Nestor Capoeira. (2011) Produced by Itapuã Beiramar. [DVD]. Capoeira Video School, vol. 2. Rio de Janeiro: Abeiramar TV.

Versos e Cacetes. O Jogo do Pau na Cultura Afro-Fluminense. (2009). Directed by Matthias Röhrig Assunção and Hebe Mattos. Rio de Janeiro: Laboratório de História Oral e Imagem, Universidade Federal Fluminense (UFF).

Vivências e Fundamentos de um Mestre de Capoeira. (2011) Directed by Antônio Cardoso Andrade (Mestre Brasília). [DVD]. São Paulo: Matrix.


Part 2 Ephemera

Abreu, Frede. (2014) O Batuque. A Luta Braba. Salvador: Instituto Frede Abreu.

Andrade, Antônio Cardoso (Mestre Brasília). (2012) Vivências e Fundamentos de um Mestre de Capoeira. São Paulo: Matrix.

Brito, Elto Pereira de (Mestre Suíno). [no date]. Foundations of Capoeira. Goiânia: Graftset.

Deputado, Mestre. (2003) Capoeira Arte: Folclore. Campinas: Ápice. Translated from Portuguese by Jill Elizabeth Hartleip.

Falcão, José Luis Cirqueira; Vieira, Luiz Renato (Org.) (1997). Capoeira: História e Fundamentos do Grupo Beribazu. Brasília: Starprint.

Falcão, José Luis Cirqueira. (1996). A Escolarização da Capoeira. Brasília: ASEFE – Royal Court.

Krulikowski, Robert. (2013) Capoeira, Meu Guia. Brasília: (s.n.)

Lacé Lopes, André Luiz. (2005) Capoeiragem no Rio de Janeiro, no Brasil e no Mundo. Rio de Janeiro: (s.n.) 2nd Edition.

Lacé Lopes, André Luiz. (2005) L’Art de la Capoeira à Rio de Janeiro, au Brésil et dans le Monde. Rio de Janeiro: Cruzado. Translated from Portuguese to French by Hélène Roquéta.

Lacé Lopes, André Luiz. (2002) A Capoeiragem no Rio de Janeiro, Primeiro Ensaio Sinhozinho e Rudolf Hermanny. Rio de Janeiro: Europa.

Vieira, André Luiz B. Maciel. (2004) Capoeira and the Game of Life. Portugal: (s.l). Translated by Joana V. R. Gaio Maciel.

Zulu, Mestre. (1995) Idiopráxis de Capoeira. Brasília: (s.n).


Part 3 Scholarly Sources

A.Books in English by Capoeira Masters and students
B. Scholarly Books
C. Journal Articles in English (a) and Portuguese (b)
D. Publications by Campos, Delamont and Stephens

A) Books in English by Capoeira Mestres and Students
Several of the leading capoeira mestres and contra-mestres have published books in English. These usually give a history of capoeira, some account of current capoeira politics, some autobiography, and advice on how to learn to play capoeira.

Almeida, B. (1986) Capoeira: A Brazilian art form. (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books).
B. Almeida is Mestre Acordeon who appears in the National Geographic programme ‘The Deadly Arts – Capoeira’.

Capoeira, N. (1995) The Little book of capoeira. (Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Books).

Capoeira, N. (2002) Capoeira: Roots of the dance – fight – game. (Berkley, CA: North Atlantic Press).

Alves de Almeida, R. C. (2006) The Saga of Mestre Bimba. (North Arlington, NJ: Capoeira Legados ISBN 0 9779925-0-0). This is a biography of M. Bimba compiled by M. Itapoan (a student of Bimba’s) and endorsed by loads of big names.

Pereira de Brito, E. ( ) Foundation of Capoeira. This is a pamphlet by M. Suino, founder of Candeias.

Essìen, A. (2008) Capoeira beyond Brazil. Berkeley, CA: Blue Snake Books. Tartaniga is an African-American who teaches capoeira in the Bay Area for the group Raízes do Brasil.
Poncianinho (Ponciano Almeida) (2007) Capoeira: The Essential Guide to Mastering the Art. (London: New Holland Press).
Gleadhill, N. (2006) Fighting on the Beaches. Privately Printed. The diary of a man from Harlow who spent a year training with M. Gato in Brazil.
Reis, A.L.T. (2003) Subjective well-being of capoeira as physical activity. (Unpublished PhD Thesis, University of Bristol, UK)

Reis, A.L.T. (2005) Capoeira: Health and social well-being. (Brasilia: Thesaurus Editor de Brasilia Ltd.) Andre Reis taught the Beribazu class in Bristol from 2001 – 2003 (BC – before Claudio). He also taught the big Beribazu club in Warsaw, and his PhD thesis and book are about that.

Taylor, G. (2005) Capoeira: The Jogo de Angola from Luanda to Cyberspace, Vol. 1. Berkeley, CA: North Atlantic Press. This man trained at the London School and then set off to teach in Norway. This covers 500 years of capoeira history up to 1922.
Taylor, G. (2007) Capoeira: the Jogo de Angola from Luanda to Cyberspace Vol 2. BerkeleyCA: Blue Snake Books
Volume 2 addresses the rest. This has all the folklore about Besouro, Lampiao, etc. and interviews with a range of teachers including Mestre Sylvia.
Taylor, G. (2006) Capoeira 100 (Berkeley, CA Blue Snake Books). This is a lavishly illustrated guide to 100 capoeira movements.
Vieira, A.L.B.M. (2004) Capoeira and the game of life. (Lisbon: Privately Printed).
A.L.B.M. Vieira is ‘ET’ – a capoeira teacher. In this pamphlet he describes his conversion to evangelical Protestantism (when he left capoeira because it was forbidden by his Protestant Pastor) and how he came back.
Yllana, A. (2013) Son of the Sun. Privately printed in Germany. This is a novel based on the life of Mestre Railson.

B) Scholarly Books by Academic Researchers

Assuncao, M.R. (2005) Capoeira: The History of an Afro-Brazilian martial art. London: Routledge. Matthias Rohrig Assuncao is a friend of Mestre Luis Renato, and has published papers with him. He is an historian who has researched slavery, as well as capoeira. He has recently been working in Brazil on the controversial project to ‘map’ capoeira. In London he trained with M. Pastel. This book is very good on the globalisation of capoeira.
Browning, B. (1995) Samba. Bloomington, IND: Indiana University Press.
Browning, B. (1998) Infectious Rhythm. New York: Routledge.
Barbara Browning is a dance scholar, who learnt capoeira in New York in the days when M. Jelon and Mestre Loremil Machado started capoeira there. There is a long chapter about capoeira in her book called Samba, and some of her autobiography in the 1998 book.
Downey, G. (2005) Learning Capoeira New York: Oxford University Press. Greg Downey did anthropological research in capoeira angola in Salvador de Bahia.
Griffin, Lauren, Miller (2016) In Search of Legitimacy. New York: Berghahn
Recent fieldwork in Salvador on capoeira pilgrims.
Ickes, S. (2013) African-Brazilian Culture and Regional Identity in Bahia, Brazil. Gainesville, FI: University of Florida Press
Ickes deals with capoeira in its context in Salvador, drawing on Lewis.
Landes, R. (1947) The City of Women. New York: MacMillan. Ruth Landes did research in Salvador de Bahia in 1938-39, and was taken to a capoeira game by African-Brazilian friend Edison Carneira. Look up ‘Capoeira’ in the index to find the section.
Lewis, J.L. (1992) Ring of Liberation. (Chicago: The University of Chicago Press).
J. Lowell Lewis did anthropological research in Salvador. He learnt capoeira and this book is widely cited by capoeira people as a reliable source.
Merrell, F. (2005) Capoeira and Candomble. The author is an American, and the book is a bit ‘wacky’, and the philosophy is hard going.
Sera, James (2006). Social Hierarchy and Mobility: Capoeira in Salvador, Brazil. UMI: ProQuest: Michigan. This is a 2005 PhD thesis.
Talmon-Chvaicer, M. (2007) The Hidden History of Capoeira. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press. This got a bad review in the Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute from Roger Sansi.
Willson, M. (2010) Dance Lest we all Fall Down. Seattle: University of Washington Press. The author learnt angola in Salvador, and some of her fieldwork is in this book – especially pp 15-60. This is mostly about a school for girls she set up in Salvador, but she went there and studied angola, so a good deal of capoeira related material is ‘buried’ in it. A good read, but no index.

C) Journal Articles and Book Chapters

(a) In English:

Assuncao, M.R. (2007) ‘History and Memory in Capoeira Lyrics’. In N.P. Naro et al. (eds) Cultures of the Lusophone Black Atlantic. London, Palgrave.
Browning, B. (1996) ‘Jogo Bonito’ in Southwest Review, 8: 4: 545-563.
Browning, B. (1997) ‘Headspin’ in C.F. Delgado and J.E. Munz (eds.) Everynight Life: Durham, NC, Duke University Press.
Dossar, K. (1988) ‘Capoeira Angola’ American Visions, 3: 4: 38, 47.
Downey, G. (2002) ‘Domesticating an Urban Menace’ International Journal of the History of Sport, 19: 4: 1 – 32.
Downey, G. (2002) ‘Listening to Capoeira’ Ethnomusicology, 46: 5: 497-509.
Downey, G. (2008) Scaffolding imitation in capoeira training. American Anthropologist 110, 204-217
Downey, G. (2010) ‘Practice without theory’ JRAI Special Issue 16, 2010 S22-40
Downey, G., Dalidowiz, M. and Mason, P.H. (2015) Apprenticeship as method, Qualitative Research, 15, 2, 183-200
Evleshin, C. (1986) ‘Capoeira at the Crossroads’ UCLA Journal of Dance History, 10: 1 – 13.
Holloway, T.H. (1989) ‘A healthy terror’. Police repression of Capoeiras in Nineteenth Century Rio de Janeiro, The Hispanic American Historical Review, 69, 637 – 676.
Joseph, J (2005) ‘Capoeira in Canada’ Proceedings and Newsletter – North American Society for Sports History.
Joseph, J. (2008) ‘Going to Brazil’ Global Networks, 8: 2: 194 – 213.
Joseph, Janelle (2008) The logical paradox of the cultural commodity. Sociology of Sport Journal 25, 498-515
Kubik, G. (1979) ‘Angolan Traits in Black Music and Games’ Estudos de Antropoligia Cultural, 10: 1: 7 – 55.
Lipiainen, T. (2015) Cultural creolisation and playfulness: An example of capoeira angola in Russia. Journal of Intercultural Studies, 36, 6, 676-692
Lewis, J. L. (1995) ‘Genre and Embodiment’ Cultural Anthropology, 10: 2: 221 – 243.
Lewis, J. L. (1999) ‘Sex and Violence in Brazil’ American Ethnologist, 26: 3: 539 – 557.
McCaw, D. S. (2001) ‘The Play’s the Thing’ Dance Theatre Journal, 17: 4: 36 – 39.
Metz, J. (2002) ‘Voice of a Brazilian Tradition’ Percussive Notes, 40: 6: 6 – 25.
Rosenthal, J. M. (2007) ‘Recent Scholarly and Popular Works on Capoeira’ Latin American Research Review, 42: 2: 262 – 272.
Samuels, S. (2001) ‘From Self Defense to Self-Expression’ Dance Magazine, December, 6: 7: 120 – 122.
Talmon-Chvaicer, M. (2002) ‘The Criminalization of Capoeira in Nineteenth Century Brazil’ Hispanic American Historical Review, 82: 3: 525 – 547.
Talmon-Chvaicer, M. (2004) ‘Verbal and Non-Verbal Memory in Capoeira’ Sport in Society, 7: 1: 49 – 68.
Willson, M. (2001) ‘Designs of Deception’ Anthropology of Consciousness, 12: 1: 19 – 36.

(b) In Portuguese:

Figerio, A. (1989) ‘Capoeira’ RBCS, 10: 4: 85-96.
Travassos, S. (1999) ‘Mandinga’, Estudos Afro-Asiatcos, 35, 67 – 79.
Vieira, L.R. and Assuncao, M. R. (1998) ‘Mitos Controversias e Fatos’. Estudios Afro-Asiaticos. 34, 81 – 121.

C. Publications by Sara Delamont, Claudio Campos Rosario and Neil Stephens.

(a) Sara Delamont and Neil Stephens
Delamont, S. and Stephens, N. (2008) Up on the Roof. Cultural Sociology, 2: 1: 57 7 74.
Delamont S. and Stephens, N. (2013) ‘Each more agile than the other’. In R.S. Garcia and Dale C. Spencer (eds) Fighting Scholars. London: Anthem Press 49-60
(b)Claudio Campos Rosario, Stephens and Delamont
Rosario Campos, C., Stephens N. and Delamont, S. (2010) ‘I’m your teacher! I’m Brazilian’. Sport Education and Society,15, 1, 103-120
(c) Stephens and Delamont
Stephens, N. and Delamont, S. (2006a) Balancing the Berimbau, Qualitative Inquiry, 12:2.
Stephens, N. and Delamont, S. (2006b) Samba no mar, in Dennis Waskul and Phillip Vannini (eds) Body/Embodiment: Symbolic Interaction and the Sociology of the Body. Aldershot: Ashgate, 109 – 122.
Stephens, N. and Delamont, S. (2009) ‘They Start to get Malicia’, British Journal of Sociology of Education. 30: 5, 537-548
Stephens, N. and Delamont, S. (2010) ‘Vim de Bahia pra lhe ver’ in B. Fincham et al. (eds) Mobile Methodologies. London: Palgrave 85-102
Stephens, N. and Delamont, S. (2010) Roda Boa! Roda Boa! Teaching and Teacher Education, 26, 1. 113-119
Stephens, N. and Delamont, S. (2014) ‘Mora Yemanjá!’ In C. Rocha and M.A. Vasques (eds) The Diaspora of Brazilian Religions. Leiden: Brill 271-290
Stephens, N. and Delamont, S. (2014) ‘I can see it in the Nightclub!’ Sociological Review, 62, 1, 149-166
(d) Sara Delamont:
Delamont, S. (2005a) ‘No Place for Women Among Them? Reflections on the axé of fieldwork’. Sport, Education and Society. 10: 3: 305 – 320.
Delamont, S. (2005b) Where the Boys Are. Waikato Journal of Education, 11: 1: 7 – 26.
Delamont, S. (2006) The Smell of Sweat and Rum: Authority and Authenticity in Capoeira Classes. Ethnography and Education. 1: 1: 161 – 176.
Delamont, S. (2009) ‘The Only Honest Thing.’ Ethnography and Education. 4:1, 51-64
Delamont, S. (2013) Performing research or researching performance? International Review of Qualitative Research, 6, 1, 1-17


Here’s my reading list