Toque de Cavalaria (Berimbau)

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History and sentiment behind song

The Origin of The Rhythm

This rhythm was created after the ban on capoeira, when penalties for practice were severe to the point of torture and even mutilation. The rhythm of cavalleria, is perceived to be a warning tone,and not involved with any game of capoeira. The Brazilian government carved the Cavalry Squadron from the National Guard of Brazil to control capoeira activities. Hence this rhythm found its origins.

A Capoeirista with a Berimbau

A capoeirista with a berimbau positioned himself at a vantage point on a hill or in a corner, a short distance from the roda,and when the cavalry approached, his rhythm mimicked the sound of galloping horses and warned the capoeiristas, who either fled or engaged in fierce battles with the police.This is the maximum alert tone in capoeira and was inspired by the cavalry trot . However till today,this is fiercely debated,because whereas the cavalry came in existence in 1800, the berimbau was introduced only in the late 1800 or early 1900.

Song Lyrics

Já chegou o sargento

Da capitania

Vamos tocar cavalaria

Ele quer documento

É a ordem do dia

Vamos tocar cavalaria

Trouxe o seu regimento

Pro cais da Bahia

Vamos tocar cavalaria

Todo o destacamento

Da delegacia


Vamos tocar cavalaria

Vamos tocar cavalaria

Vamos tocar cavalaria


Pelo poder de barravento

Vamos lutar com valentia

Já desceu todo o alojamento

Vamos tocar cavalaria

Pela medalha de São Bento

E o capacete do meu guia

Pra combater o fardamento


Vamos tocar cavalaria

Vamos tocar cavalaria

Vamos tocar cavalaria


Já chegou o sargento

Da capitania

Vamos tocar cavalaria

Ele quer documento

É a ordem do dia

Vamos tocar cavalaria

Trouxe o seu regimento

Pro cais da bahia

Vamos tocar cavalaria

Todo o destacamento

Da delegacia


Vamos tocar cavalaria

Vamos tocar cavalaria

Vamos tocar cavalaria


Não adianta o armamento

Pra quem tem medo e covardia

A mão na terra e o pé no vento

Vamos tocar cavalaria

A capoeira é o fundamento

Contra o poder da tirania

Pra confirmar o juramento


Vamos tocar cavalaria

Vamos tocar cavalaria

Vamos tocar cavalaria


O militar que tome tento

Porque vai ter pancadaria

Se extrapolar no tratamento

Vamos tocar cavalaria

O povo segue o ensinamento

Que mestre mangangá dizia

Pra quem é bravo e violento


Vamos tocar cavalaria

Vamos tocar cavalaria

Vamos tocar cavalaria

English translations

The sergeant has arrived

From the captaincy

Let's play cavalry.

He wants a document.

It's the order of the day.

Let's play cavalry.

He brought his regiment

Bay of Bahia

Let's play cavalry.

All detachment

From the police station


Let's play cavalry.

Let's play cavalry.

Let's play cavalry.


By the power of barravento

Let's fight bravely.

Already gone down the whole lodge

Let's play cavalry.

For the São Bento medal

And the helmet of my guide

To fight the uniforms


Let's play cavalry.

Let's play cavalry.

Let's play cavalry.


The sergeant has arrived

From the captaincy

Let's play cavalry.

He wants a document.

It's the order of the day.

Let's play cavalry.

He brought his regiment

Bay of Bahia

Let's play cavalry.

All detachment

From the police station


Let's play cavalry.

Let's play cavalry.

Let's play cavalry.


It's no use

For those who are afraid and cowardly

The hand on the ground and the foot in the wind

Let's play cavalry.

Capoeira is the foundation

Against the power of tyranny

To confirm the oath


Let's play cavalry.

Let's play cavalry.

Let's play cavalry.


The military that takes the test

Why are you going to get pissed?

If extrapolated in treatment

Let's play cavalry.

The people follow the teaching

What mangangan said

For who is angry and violent


Let's play cavalry.

Let's play cavalry.

Let's play cavalry.