Ladeira Do Pelourinho

41

Song Lyrics

Ladeira do Pelourinho

Ladeira do Pelourinho, ora meu Deus

Onde eu comecei a andar

No Forte Santo Antônio

Eu comecei praticar

A Capoeira de Angola

João Pequeno táva lá

Os turistos todos os dias

Iam nos prestigiar

O governador vendo isso

Tratou logo de acabar

Vendo Capoeira Angola

Era dança de matar

Olha, eu disse, governador

Não faça isso mais não

Capoeira de Angola é

Uma grande tradição

Quando eu pego na viola

ora meu Deus

Dói até meu coração

E o jogo de Capoeira

É um jogo de irmão


Quando eu entro na roda

Não tem agressão

Eu jogo a Capoeira

Do fundo do meu coração

Agradeço a meu Deus

E ao Mestre João

Por me ensinar a Capoeira

Com toda dedicação


Ie Viva meu deus…

English translations

At the slope of Pelourinho

At the slope of Pelourinho,oh my God

Where I started walking

At Fortress Santo Antônio

I started practicing

The Capoeira Angola

João Pequeno was there

The daily tourists

Appreciating us

The governor seeing this

Command to end this soon

Viewing Capoeira Angola

Like it was dance of kill

Look, I said, Governor

Don’t do it no more

Capoeira Angola is

A great tradition

When I picked up my viola

oh my God

It hurts my heart

And the game of Capoeira

It is a game of brothers


When I enter the roda

Has no aggression

I play Capoeira

From the bottom of my heart

I thank my God

And the Master Joao

For teach me Capoeira

With all the dedication


Ie Long live my master


History and sentiment behind song

“Pelourinho” means pillory, and Salvador’s pelourinho last stood at the top of the sloping Largo do Pelourinho, final point in a journey which began in the city’s first open market in the Praça da Feira (today known as Praça Municipal — the open square at the top of the Elevador Lacerda). The pelourinho stood at the market’s center. Salvador is the capital of Bahia, whose large bay and proximity to Africa made it a major port for the slave trade. The descendants of slaves have taken over this symbolic spot, an entry point for African culture in the New World.


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Ladeira Do Pelourinho

41

By Mestre Jogo de Dentro

CAPOEIRA MUSIC


Song Lyrics

Ladeira do Pelourinho

Ladeira do Pelourinho, ora meu Deus

Onde eu comecei a andar

No Forte Santo Antônio

Eu comecei praticar

A Capoeira de Angola

João Pequeno táva lá

Os turistos todos os dias

Iam nos prestigiar

O governador vendo isso

Tratou logo de acabar

Vendo Capoeira Angola

Era dança de matar

Olha, eu disse, governador

Não faça isso mais não

Capoeira de Angola é

Uma grande tradição

Quando eu pego na viola

ora meu Deus

Dói até meu coração

E o jogo de Capoeira

É um jogo de irmão


Quando eu entro na roda

Não tem agressão

Eu jogo a Capoeira

Do fundo do meu coração

Agradeço a meu Deus

E ao Mestre João

Por me ensinar a Capoeira

Com toda dedicação


Ie Viva meu deus…

English Translation

At the slope of Pelourinho

At the slope of Pelourinho,oh my God

Where I started walking

At Fortress Santo Antônio

I started practicing

The Capoeira Angola

João Pequeno was there

The daily tourists

Appreciating us

The governor seeing this

Command to end this soon

Viewing Capoeira Angola

Like it was dance of kill

Look, I said, Governor

Don’t do it no more

Capoeira Angola is

A great tradition

When I picked up my viola

oh my God

It hurts my heart

And the game of Capoeira

It is a game of brothers


When I enter the roda

Has no aggression

I play Capoeira

From the bottom of my heart

I thank my God

And the Master Joao

For teach me Capoeira

With all the dedication


Ie Long live my master


History and sentiment behind song

“Pelourinho” means pillory, and Salvador’s pelourinho last stood at the top of the sloping Largo do Pelourinho, final point in a journey which began in the city’s first open market in the Praça da Feira (today known as Praça Municipal — the open square at the top of the Elevador Lacerda). The pelourinho stood at the market’s center. Salvador is the capital of Bahia, whose large bay and proximity to Africa made it a major port for the slave trade. The descendants of slaves have taken over this symbolic spot, an entry point for African culture in the New World.

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