Besouro Mangangá

Category: Corridos

Lyrics, Translations, Music Video and Song Meaning


Song Lyrics

00:10 - Besouro Mangangá

Eng: Besouro Mangangá

00:14 - Besouro Mangangá

Eng: Besouro Mangangá

00:18 - Besouro Mangangá

Eng: Besouro Mangangá

00:23 - Besouro Mangangá

Eng: Besouro Mangangá

00:25 - Cidade de Santo Amaro

Eng: The city of Santo Amaro

00:27 - Terra do Maculele

Eng: The land of Maculele

00:29 - Viu os Mestres Popo e Vavá

Eng: I saw the Masters Popo and Vava

00:31 - E viu Besouro a nascer

Eng: And saw the birth of Besouro

00:33 - Besouro Besouro Besouro

Eng: Besouro Besouro Besouro

00:35 - Besouro Mangangá

Eng: Besouro Mangangá

00:39 - Besouro Mangangá

Eng: Besouro Mangangá

00:42 - Besouro cordão de ouro

Eng: Besouro cordão de ouro

00:44 - Manoel Henrique Pereira

Eng: Manoel Henrique Pereira

00:46 - Desordeiro pra polícia

Eng: Made mass to the police

00:48 - Uma lenda pra Capoeira

Eng: A legend to the Capoeira

00:50 - Eeeee Besouro

Eng: Eeeee Besouro

00:52 - Besouro Mangangá

Eng: Besouro Mangangá

00:56 - Besouro Mangangá

Eng: Besouro Mangangá

00:59 - Mandinga nao vai pegar

Eng: Magic won't catch

01:00 - Pois tinha corpo fechado

Eng: Because he has a closed body

01:02 - Conheceu Noca e Barroquinha

Eng: Visited local Barroquinha

01:04 - Doze Homens e Canario Pardo

Eng: Twelve Men and Brown Canario

01:06 - Eeeee Besouro

Eng: Eeeee Besouro

01:08 - Besouro Mangangá

Eng: Besouro Mangangá

01:12 - Besouro Mangangá

Eng: Besouro Mangangá

01:15 - A lenda diz que Mangangá

Eng: The legend tells that Mangangá

01:17 - Também sabia voar

Eng: Also knew to fly

01:19 - Transformando em besouro

Eng: Transform to Beatle

01:21 - Pra da polícia escapar

Eng: To escape the police

01:23 - Besouro Besouro Besouro

Eng: Besouro Besouro Besouro

01:25 - Besouro Mangangá

Eng: Besouro Mangangá

History and sentiment behind song

Besouro became a folk legend in Bahia in Brazil, as he became renowned for fighting injustice and standing up for the oppressed and impoverished black population in the area. Although slavery was officially abolished, many poor black workers were only “paid” with accommodation and food: it was really still slavery, just under a different name. The “police” were the armed enforcers of the powerful landlords, ensuring the status quo. The legends state that Besouro refused to accept these injustices, and would demand fair pay for his labour and that of the local people. When the plantation owners would call in the police in an attempt to quell the uprisings, he would use his amazing capoeira skills to fight for justice. There are numerous stories where Besouro would be hugely outnumbered by police armed with weapons and guns, but would escape unharmed to fight another day. His apelido “Besouro” referred to this ability to always escape these precarious situations: Like a beetle he could scurry away or take flight, evading capture. “Mangangá” is a word of African origin, which refers to a type of magical spell, which is used to create a “closed body” (corpo fechado), making it invincible against attack, even from knives and bullets, providing that the person wears a “Patua” (magic amulet) and abstains from sex.


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