Laia Loio

Lyrics, Translations, Music Video and Song Meaning

Song Lyrics

0:24 - Quando o meu mestre se foi

Eng: When my master was gone

0:26 - Toda a Bahia chorou

Eng: The whole Bahia cried

0:28 - Iaia ioio

Eng: Iaia ioio

0:29 - Iaia ioio

Eng: Iaia ioio

0:33 - Iaia ioio

Eng: Iaia ioio

0:37 - Oi menino com quem aprendeu

Eng: Hi boy from whom you learned

0:39 - Oi menino com quem aprendeu

Eng: Hi boy from whom you learned

0:41 - Aprendeu a jogar capoeira aprendeu

Eng: Learned to play learned capoeira

0:46 - Quem me ensinou já morreu

Eng: Who taught me is dead

0:48 - Quem me ensinou já morreu

Eng: Who taught me is dead

0:50 - O seu nome esta gravado

Eng: His name is engraved

0:52 - Na terra onde ele nasce

Eng: In the land where he was born

0:55 - Salve o Mestre Bimba

Eng: Save Master Bimba

0:57 - Salve Ilha de maré

Eng: Save Island of Tide

0:59 - Salve o mestre que me ensinou

Eng: Save the master who taught me

1:01 - A mandinga de bater com o pé

Eng: The magic of hitting with foot

1:03 - Iaia ioio

Eng: Iaia ioio

1:05 - Iaia ioio

Eng: Iaia ioio

1:09 - Iaia ioio

Eng: Iaia ioio

1:12 - Mandingueiro

Eng: Mandingueiro

1:14 - Venho de malé bolência

Eng: I come from malé bolência

1:17 - Era ligeiro o meu mestre

Eng: My master was light

1:19 - Que jogava conforme a cadência

Eng: That played at the pace of the game

1:21 -  No bater do Berimbau

Eng: On the beat of the Berimbau

1:24 - Salve o Mestre Bimba

Eng: Save Master Bimba

1:26 - Criador da regional

Eng: Creator of Regional

1:28 - Salve o mestre bimba

Eng: Save Master Bimba

1:30 - Criador da regional

Eng: Creator of Regional

1:32 - Iaia ioio

Eng: Iaia ioio

1:34 - Iaia ioio

Eng: Iaia ioio

1:38 - Iaia ioio

Eng: Iaia ioio

1:42 - Aprendeu meia- lua aprendeu

1:44 - Muitas vezes na beira da praia

Eng: Often by the beach

1:45 - E martelo, rabo- de- arraia

Eng: And hammer, stingray tail

1:47 - Jogava no pé da ladeira

Eng: Played at the bottom of the slope

1:48 - Salve são salvador

Eng: Hail San Salvador

1:49 - Salve Ilha de maré

Eng: Save Island of Tide

1:51 - Salve o mestre que me ensinou

Eng: Save the master who taught me

1:54 - A mandinga de bater com o pé

Eng: The magic of hitting with foot

1:56 - Salve o mestre que me ensinou

Eng: Save the master who taught me

1:58 - A mandinga de bater com o pé

Eng: The magic of hitting with foot

2:00 - Iaia ioio

Eng: Iaia ioio

2:01 - Iaia ioio

Eng: Iaia ioio

2:06 - Iaia ioio

Eng: Iaia ioio

2:09 - Quando o meu mestre se foi

Eng: When my master was gone

2:12 - Toda a Bahia chorou

Eng: The whole Bahia cried

2:13 - Iaia ioio

Eng: Iaia ioio

2:15 - Iaia ioio

Eng: Iaia ioio

2:19 - Iaia ioio

Eng: Iaia ioio


History and sentiment behind song

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.


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