Salve O Maculelê


Song Lyrics

Oi Salve salve o Maculelê

A dança guerreira do negro canaveiro


Oi Salve salve o Maculelê

A dança guerreira do negro canaveiro


Maculelê que e dança guerreira

Virou folclore nessa terra Brasileira


Maculelê que e dança guerreira

Virou folclore nessa terra Brasileira


Nego fugia da Senzala

Formando quilombo dentro das nossas matas


Nego fugia da Senzala

Formando quilombo dentro das nossas matas


Nego dançava Maculelê

Para aliviar as dores do cativeiro


Nego dançava Maculelê

Para aliviar as dores do cativeiro

English Translation

Hey Save Save Maculelê

The warrior dance of the black canaveiro


Hey Save Save Maculelê

The warrior dance of the black canaveiro


Maculelê that is warrior dance

Became folklore in this Brazilian land


Maculelê that is warrior dance

Became folklore in this Brazilian land


Nego fled the Senzala

Forming quilombo within our forests


Nego fled the Senzala

Forming quilombo within our forests


Nego danced Maculelê

To relieve the pain of captivity


Nego danced Maculelê

To relieve the pain of captivity

History and sentiment behind song

Escaped slaves gathered and established primitive remote settlements called quilombos. Some quilombos grew, attracting more fugitive slaves, Brazilian natives and even Europeans escaping the law, and some became independent multi-ethnic states.