“Capoeira Angola is above all a way of living, a philosophy based in individual liberty, in happiness, in respect, in cooperation, in comradeship, and in the community spirit, thus integrating man in society.”
- Capoeira Angola is an Afro-Brazilian art form that combines elements of martial art, music and dance. Recognised a world Cultural Heritage of Humanity by the UNESCO in 2014. For promoting worldwide mutual respect and social cohesion.
The history of Capoeira Angola started in the 16th century, at a time when Brazil was a colony of Portugal and the African slave labour force was largely utili sed in Brazil, especially in the agricultural production of sugar in the North-East. Many of these slaves came from the region of Angola Nigeria, also a Portuguese colony. In Africa, the Angolans had many dances (eg: the N’golo, the Bacula, the Cabangula and the Umudinhu) which mixed with each other in Brazil, this became the origin of Capoeira (the game of Angola), which transferred to urban zones and became Capoeira Angola, a martial art disguised as a dance. It was an important instrument of cultural and physical resistance for the Brazilian slaves, today Capoeira is practised in more than 160 countries.