In Capoeira, music is a huge deal! Knowing Capoeira songs is a big part of learning the art and for some people this can be intimidating. If you’re not sure what songs to start learning, below is a list of 11 songs that are great for beginners. These song work for beginners because they are relatively easy to learn and you often hear them sung in the roda. The songs and their translations are provided to give a little extra context for the song. 

How to Improve your singing

If you want to improve your Capoeira singing, do the following. 

1. Listen/read the song. 

2. Memorize the song chunks at a time. 

3. Work on the rhythm. Sing the choros again and again to get the rhythm down.

4. Sing the verses. Be aware that a lot of words and sounds get swallowed up from singing fast or trying to fit a lot of words in a few beats. 

5. Sing the song with a instrument you know to play or are learning to play. 

6. Try it in the roda!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJQ0DW-CVF0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8z8YkfMDr4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BdjAH4Qbhss

A manteiga derramou (vou dizer a meu sinhô…)

PortugueseEnglish
Vou dizer a meu sinhô
Que a manteiga derramou

E a manteiga não é minha
E a manteiga é de ioiô

Vou dizer a meu sinhô
Que a manteiga derramou

E a manteiga não é minha
E a manteiga é de ioiô

Vou dizer a meu sinhô
Que a manteiga derramou

A manteiga é de ioiô
Caiu na água e se molhou

Vou dizer a meu sinhô
Que a manteiga derramou

A manteiga é do patrão
Caiu no chão e derramou

Vou dizer a meu sinhô
Que a manteiga derramou

A manteiga não é minha
É pra filha de ioiô

I’ll tell my master
The butter has melted

And butter is not mine
And butter is of the master

I’ll tell my master
The butter has melted

And butter is not mine
And butter is of the master

I’ll tell my master
The butter has melted

Butter is of the master
Fell into the water and got wet

I’ll tell my master
The butter has melted

The butter is of the boss
Fell to the ground and poured

I’ll tell my master
The butter has melted

The butter is not mine
It’s for the child of the master

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_rSGLGzodvQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Elgifrm6fI

A hora é essa

PortugueseEnglish
A hora e essa

A hora e essa

Berimbau tocou na Capoeira
Berimbau tocou eu vou jogar

Berimbau tocou na Capoeira
Berimbau tocou eu vou jogar

A hora e essa

A hora e essa

Berimbau tocou na Capoeira

Berimbau tocou eu vou jogar

The hour is now

The hour is now

The Berimbau played Capoeira
The Berimbau played I will play

The Berimbau played Capoeira
The Berimbau played I will play

The hour is now

The hour is now

The Berimbau played Capoeira

The Berimbau played I will play

Author: Unknown

Ai ai ai ai São Bento me chama

PortugueseEnglish
Ai ai ai ai
São bento me chama

Ai ai ai ai

São bento me quer

Ai ai ai ai

Pra jogar capoeira

Ai ai ai ai

O meu mestre me chama

Ai ai ai ai

O meu mestre chamou

Ai ai ai ai
São Bento calls me

Ai ai ai ai

Saint Benedict wants me

Ai ai ai ai

To play capoeira

Ai ai ai ai

My master calls me

Ai ai ai ai

My master called

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7gEbjCOJirM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gepyfgT9O0

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