Mandingueiro Era Manduca Da Praia

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Song Lyrics

No Rio de Janeiro, a minha memoria nao falha,

O melhor capoeira foi Manduca da Praia


No Rio de Janeiro, a minha memoria não falha,

O melhor capoeira foi Manduca da Praia


Mandingueiro era Manduca da Praia

Mandingueiro era Manduca da Praia

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Começou sua carreira lá no Lavadinho,

Dentro do curral com touro bravio,

Homem de negócios da freguesia de São José,

Tinha uma banca, uma banca de peixe,

Lá no mercado perto do seu zé,

Manduca da Praia era homem brigão,

Alto pardo, forte e valentao,

Feriu muita gente, leve e suavemente,

De todos processos, ele se safou, mandingueiro!


Mandingueiro era Manduca da Praia

Mandingueiro era Manduca da Praia

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English Translation

In Rio de Janeiro, if my memory serves

The best capoeira was Manduca da Praia


In Rio de Janeiro, if my memory serves

The best capoeira was Manduca da Praia


Mandingueiro was Manduca da Praia

Mandingueiro was Manduca da Praia

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He started his career at Lavadinho,

Inside the corral with a wild bull,

Business man from the parish of São José,

There was a stall, a fish stall,

There at the market near your zé,

Manduca da Praia was a tough man,

Tall brown, strong and valued,

He hurt many people, lightly and gently,

Of all the lawsuits, he got away with it, mandingueiro!


Mandingueiro was Manduca da Praia

Mandingueiro was Manduca da Praia

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History and sentiment behind song

Manduca da Praia didn’t just get the title of tough guy (valentão) for his fighting ability, but also for his love of running with the bulls, at which he was unrivalled.

During this era, capoeiristas were usually members of gangs (maltas), that often worked as hired heavies for the highest bidder, but Manduca was always his own free agent. Once in a while he’d work as a bodyguard, thanks to his renown as a great fighter, but this was more for pleasure than necessity, as he was a successful businessman in his own right. Always dressed to impress, with his leather jacket, hat, pocket watch with gold chain, smart shoes and cane. At first glance he might appear like any privileged dandy, but his cunning, strength and agility made him a fighter without equal.

He was skilled with a razor blade, popular with the capoeira gangs at the time, a knife, and his “walking” cane, which accompanied him at all time. It’s reported that he had to respond to 27 legal proceedings for grievous bodily harm, but always got off scot free thanks to the influence of some of his well connected associates. He was a player, and never missed out on a good party. One time, in one of the popular religious festivals of the city, he ended up fighting with a group of pilgrims and leaving them all unconscious – he was not the right person to annoy!