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Trainer profile – Kalle Solberg

A MQFSM Stockholm trainer with skills. Kalle knows every muscle, bone and joint in the human anatomy. With a background in ballet, gymnastics and crossfit he can teach you how to bend, build and stretch your body into perfect capoeira moves. Prepare yourself for a full body work out with days of muscle soreness.

His own game is sharp, strong and in absolute control. But do not be fooled by the sweet smiles and his angel like voice, Kalle is known to be a real devil in the roda and he will not hesitate to make a fool out of you.

 

 

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Ag’ya

This video shows an art form today known as the Ladja or Danmye (previously entitled the Ag’Ya) of Martinique. Two combatants engage each other in a game of trickery, skill and acrobatic agility. At the head of the circle musicians control the tempo of the contest singing, playing drums and other instrument of African origin. Could this far-away Caribbean lookalike be a long-lost capoeira cousin? Does this offer us clues as to Capoeira’s African origins? The similarity is nothing but striking!

The video footage in this clip has been compiled from the Katherine Dunham Collection at the Library of Congress. Katherine Dunham, who passed away in May 2006, was a dancer, choreographer and researcher – a founding mother of African dance in American popular culture. She came across the Ag’Ya during a fieldwork expedition to the Caribbean and it inspired her to create an Ag’Ya dance performance back in the USA to popular acclaim. Click here to see an interview with Katherine Dunham speaking about the Ag’Ya.

As in all cultural manifestations of African descent music, song, dance and spirituality form a unified whole. Unfortunately the same cannot be said of video recording in 1936. Therefore I super-imposed, albeit artificially, authentic Ladja (Danyme) music taken from Alan Lomax’s 1962 Caribbean Voyages onto Dunham’s footage. Alan Lomax was a pre-eminent and much loved American ethnomusicologist who traveled the world from the mills of the Scottish Isles to the Far East in his quest to record the sounds of life.

Memórias do Recôncavo: Besouro e Outros Capoeiras

Here’s a little preview of a new documentary about capoeira. It was released on the 14th of september this year. I haven’t seen it but was told it’s a very good documentary…

Directed by Pedro Abib, (52min).

”…Documentário que aborda a capoeira e suas histórias, em um dos prováveis locais de seu surgimento no Brasil: o Recôncavo Baiano. A partir de depoimentos de antigos capoeiras moradores da região, de estudiosos e pesquisadores, busca-se reconstruir a memória sobre fatos e personagens envolvidos nessa importante manifestação da cultura afro-brasileira. O filme traz, ainda, um rico acervo de imagens de arquivo e busca reconstruir a história de um famoso personagem da região e um ícone da capoeira: o lendário Besouro Mangangá…”

Roda with many Mestres

The first of 20 clips form a roda in Curitiba (2000). To see the rest go to Teimosa’s videostream.

”Gravado na sede do Grupo Muzenza em Curitiba (2000). A roda conta com muitos mestres: Acordeon, Baiano Edvaldo, Barrão, Batata, Boa Morte, Bocka, Brasília, Burguês, Camaleão, Canarinho, Canseira, Cesar, Cid, Coloral, Dionízio, Efraim, Fumê, Garrincha, Gegê, Goioerê, Grego, Hulk, Júnior, Joel, Lobão, Lua, Mão Branca, Malazarte, Marcial, Marcos Gytaúna, Montana, Moraes, Mudinho, Nestor Capoeira, Ousado, Pedro, Peixinho Moreno, Piau, Rubinho, Sabiá, Sanhaço, Sargento, Sillas, Suíno e Toni Vargas.”