Afro-Brazilian martial art, capoeira, is gaining fans across the country

This is capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that combines elements of dance, acrobatics, attack and defense with music

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Afro-brazilian Martial Art | Music

As the clock strikes seven one Tuesday evening, Shiva walks towards a corner of the studio at the Pacific Sports Complex in New Delhi. He wields a berimbao, a one-stringed percussion instrument, to signal the beginning of class and putting an end to the chatter of his students. A young man positions himself behind the atabaque, or drum, while others grab the pandeiro (tambourine), agogo(bell) and reco-reco (ribbed bamboo scraper). Suddenly, they are transformed into a band of musicians. Each student in the class of seven sings in Portuguese, reading lyrics off a whiteboard, swaying their bodies to the rhythm and beats of live music. They sing three songs and remind me of a well-organized choir that knows how to have fun while making music. At that moment, it’s impossible to believe that most of these students have no formal training in music.

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First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 21:07 IST

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