La Laue (Roda Maravilhosa)

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History and sentiment behind song

(Roda Maravilhosa) A very beautiful, fast paced song,full of energy, that talks about the passion of the great game of Capoeira.

The song and name "lalaue" derives from Bem-te-vi, and song it sings. often referred to as the most popular bird of Brazil.

It vigorously defends itself and its territory from other birds much larger in size, like owls etc. It is said that the spirit of this species strongly represents that of the Brazilian people, and in this song it is compared with the spirit of Capoeira.

The roda circle is described as a Wonderful Wheel (Roda Maravilhosa), full of enjoyment and fun.

With the berimbau imparting energy within the roda, the onlookers applaud every routine, every ginga ( a Capoeira stance which very much resembles a dance).

Capoeira here is also shown connected to supernatural elements, by those who practice Mandinga, to their advantage and benefit, in order to achieve their goal..

Song Lyrics

Bem-te-vi voou, voou!

Bem-te-vi voou, voou

Deixa voar

Lalauelauelauelaua

Olalaelae

Lalauelauelauelaua

Que som

Oi que arte essa

que luta brincadeira

Que roda

Maravilhosa essa

capoeira


Em cada som, em cada toque, em cada ginga, tem um estilo de jogo

Em cada som, em cada toque, em cada ginga, tem um estilo de jogo

Lauelauela

Lalauelauelauelaua

Olalaelae

Lalauelauelauelaua

English translations

Bem-te-vi flew, flew

Bem-te-vi flew, flew

Let it fly

Lá lauê lauê lauê lauê

Lá lauê lauê lauê lau

What a sound that is this art

Of fight and playfulness

What a roda

Just like capoeira


In each sound, in each beat

In each Ginga, has a style of play

In each sound, in each beat

In each Ginga, has a style of play

Lauê lauê lá…

Lá lauê lauê lauê lauê