Dendê

69

Song Lyrics

Dendê, Dendê

lálá e lá, lálá e lá

ô dendê


(Coro)

Dendê, Dendê

lálá e lá, lálá e lá


Levou rasteira

balançou, caiu no chão

se perde a cabeça

também perde a razão

ô dendê


Pro capoeira

que não joga, só estranha

pois acredite

se bater, também apanha

ô dendê


O capoeira

já nasce natural

com manha e malícia

não seja artificial

ô dendê


Quando treinar

ponha na consciência

seja capoeira

não viva de aparência

ô dendê


No jogo duro

com malícia e com mandinga

olho no olho

cuidado, mantenha a ginga

ô dendê

English translations

Palm oil

there and there, there and there

Hello palm


(Chorus)

Palm Oil

there and there, there and there


Led low

rocked, fell to the ground

if you lose your head

also loses reason

Hello palm


Pro capoeira

who doesn't play, just weird

because believe

if you hit, you also get hit

Hello palm


Capoeira

already born natural

with morning and malice

don't be artificial

Hello palm


When to train

put in awareness

be capoeira

don't look alive

Hello palm


In the hard game

with malice and with mandinga

eye to eye

be careful, keep the swing

Hello palm


History and sentiment behind song

A song about a palm plant brought to Brazil by Africans. Dendê is a palm oil used in Brazilian cooking, especially in the northeast of the country. It has a strong, rich flavor as well as a bright orange color. When something "has dendê," it means it has "flavor". Dendê also connects to the orixas (gods) of candomblé. If a capoeira player has dendê it indicates a deep connection to the game and to the gods.


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Dendê

69

CAPOEIRA MUSIC


Song Lyrics

Dendê, Dendê

lálá e lá, lálá e lá

ô dendê


(Coro)

Dendê, Dendê

lálá e lá, lálá e lá


Levou rasteira

balançou, caiu no chão

se perde a cabeça

também perde a razão

ô dendê


Pro capoeira

que não joga, só estranha

pois acredite

se bater, também apanha

ô dendê


O capoeira

já nasce natural

com manha e malícia

não seja artificial

ô dendê


Quando treinar

ponha na consciência

seja capoeira

não viva de aparência

ô dendê


No jogo duro

com malícia e com mandinga

olho no olho

cuidado, mantenha a ginga

ô dendê

English Translation

Palm oil

there and there, there and there

Hello palm


(Chorus)

Palm Oil

there and there, there and there


Led low

rocked, fell to the ground

if you lose your head

also loses reason

Hello palm


Pro capoeira

who doesn't play, just weird

because believe

if you hit, you also get hit

Hello palm


Capoeira

already born natural

with morning and malice

don't be artificial

Hello palm


When to train

put in awareness

be capoeira

don't look alive

Hello palm


In the hard game

with malice and with mandinga

eye to eye

be careful, keep the swing

Hello palm


History and sentiment behind song

A song about a palm plant brought to Brazil by Africans. Dendê is a palm oil used in Brazilian cooking, especially in the northeast of the country. It has a strong, rich flavor as well as a bright orange color. When something "has dendê," it means it has "flavor". Dendê also connects to the orixas (gods) of candomblé. If a capoeira player has dendê it indicates a deep connection to the game and to the gods.

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