Preta Calunga


Song Lyrics

É Preta, é preta, é preta calunga

Capoeira é preta calunga

É Preta, é preta, é preta calunga

Berimbau é preta calunga

É Preta, é preta, é preta calunga

Capoeira é preta calunga

English Translation

It’s black, it’s black, it’s black,

calunga

Capoeira is black, calunga

It’s black, it’s black, it’s black,

calunga

The berimbau is black, calunga

It’s black, it’s black, it’s black,

calunga

Capoeira is black, calunga

History and sentiment behind song

During the Afro-Brazilian festival dance of Maracatu, a calunga, a doll representing tribal deities, is often paraded. It is kept throughout the year in a special place and is only carried by women. This song reminds people of Capoeira’s origin.

Preta: Slang term used to refer to a black female – but as a compliment.