Laia Loio: Touching Tribute to mestre Bimba.

History and sentiment behind song

A Tribute to Mestre Bimba

This song is the most perfect and touching tribute to Mestre Bimba, the founder of Capoeira Regional. He passed away in Sao Salvador, the capital city of Bahia - the birthplace of Capoeira.

The writer is lamenting the loss of his mentor. He along with the whole town of Bahia relays out this message loudly to the sons (iaia) and daughters (ioio) of the slave masters. Mestre Bimba has taught this writer Capoeira since childhood and has perfected him in all the strategic Capoeira kicks such as 'Meia-Lua' meaning half-moon kick done with both hands on the ground.

Then he has perfected him in 'Markelo' or the hammer kick, followed by the instep kick, 'Rabo de Arraia'. He complements his master who was a great musician, cunning and clever and had powers of a Mandingueiro, or a sorcerer. He is now lamenting that since his master has passed away, the art may die down. Hence he is pleading with everyone to keep Mestre Bimba's tradition alive and to carry on his legacy by practising this rich art form.

Song Lyrics

Quando o meu mestre se foi

Toda a Bahia chorou

Iaia ioio

Iaia ioio iaia ioio

Oi menino com quem aprendeu

Oi menino com quem aprendeu Aprendeu a jogar capoeira aprendeu

Quem me ensinou já morreu

Quem me ensinou já morreu

O seu nome esta gravado

Na terra onde ele nasceu

Salve o Mestre Bimba

Salve Ilha de maré

Salve o mestre que me ensinou

A mandinga de bater com o pé

Iaia ioio


Iaia ioio iaia ioio


Mandingueiro

Venho de malé bolência

Era ligeiro o meu mestre

Que jogava conforme a cadência

No bater do Berimbau

Salve o Mestre Bimba

Criador da regional

Salve o mestre bimba Criador da regional

Iaia ioio

Iaia ioio iaia ioio

Aprendeu meia- lua aprendeu

Muitas vezes na beira da praia

E martelo, rabo- de- arraia

Jogava no pé da ladeira

Salve são salvador

Salve Ilha de maré

Salve o mestre que me ensinou

A mandinga de bater com o pé

Iaia ioio


Iaia ioio iaia ioio


Quando meu mestre se foi

Toda a Bahia chorou

Iaia ioio

Iaia ioio iaia ioio

English translations

When my master is gone

All of Bahia cried

Iaia ioio


Iaia ioio iaia ioio


Hi boy, did you learn it?

Hi boy, did you learn it?

Learned to play capoeira learned

Who taught me is dead

Who taught me is dead

Your name is recorded.

In the land where he was born

Save the Master Bimba

Salve Ilha de Mar

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