A Street-Smart Song: Capoeira Philosophy and Inner Life
A Street-Smart Song delves into the boundless philosophical depths of capoeira, the fascinating synthesis of Brazilian dance and self-defense. Drawing from a wide range of sources—the streets of Salvador and Rio de Janeiro, the teachings of the old masters Pastinha, Bimba, and Leopoldina, and the brutal economic realities inflicted on the poorest of Brazil—Nestor Capoeira paints an indelible portrait of this living art, its spiritual heritage, and its vital place in a world hypnotized by media and crushed by poverty. The traditional poems and songs of capoeira are here, along with the author’s lively discussions of everything from the space age and television’s impact on third world culture to Candomble and capoeira’s life-changing lessons. Rounding out this absorbing cultural survey are historical photos, sketches of weapons and instruments, and fully illustrated fighting movements, taught step by step.
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Nester Capoeira never disappointsUser Review - Overstock.com
The thirsd in his series of books about capoeria this book by Nestor Capoeira is more philosophical in nature. He explores the philosophy and politics of capoeira in blunt languagethe good the bad and ... Read full review
With background of three generations in Praca Onze, R.J. - Brazil, I am comfortable to comment that Nestor Capoeira, an expert capoeirista, draws the right cultural analysis of Capoeira, explaining the elements that constituted it throughout the centuries. I truly recommend his books for those interested in the practice or study of this powerful, exotic and involving art.
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