Capoeira music

In capoeira, music sets the rhythm, the style of play, and the energy of a game. In its most traditional setting, there are three main styles of song that weave together the structure of the capoeira roda. The roda represents the most strict and traditional format for capoeira and is ideally suited for an introduction and discussion of the music. Though we may consider the music traditional, because it has been passed orally from one to the next until the early – mid 20th century when songs and rhythms began to be notated and recorded, there is no record of to what extent and exactly how the music has evolved over time. Capoeira’s Brazilian heritage plays a heavy role in the way capoeira is perceived by its practitioners and understood at a subconscious level. It is a common feature of many Brazilian ethnic groups, for instance, as well as others throughout the world, that music is not so much a form of personal entertainment as it is a medium to bring about group cohesion and dynamic. Music in the context of capoeira is used to create a sacred space through both the physical act of forming a circle (the roda) and an aural space that is believed to connect to the spirit world. This deeper religious significance exists more as a social memory to most capoeira groups, but is generally understood as evidenced in the use of ngoma drums (the atabaques of Yoruba candomblé), the berimbau whose earlier forms were used in rituals in Africa and the diaspora in speaking with ancestors, the ever-present term axé which signifies life force, the invocation of both Afro-Brazilian and Catholic spirituality, and certain semi-ritualized movements used in Capoeira Angola that bring “spiritual protection”. The instruments are:

  • up to 3 berimbaus
  • up to 2 pandeiros
  • 1 agogô
  • 1 reco-reco (notched wooden tube similar to a Guiro)
  • 1 atabaque or conga


Peter Tosh

Peter Tosh, born Winston Hubert McIntosh (19 October[1] 1944 – 11 September 1987), was a Jamaican reggae musician who was a core member of the band The Wailers (1963–1974), and who afterward had a successful solo career as well as being a promoter of Rastafari.

Peter Tosh was born in Grange Hill, Jamaica, an illegitimate child to a mother too young to care for him properly. He was raised by his aunt. He began to sing and learn guitar at an early age, inspired by American radio stations. After a notable career with The Wailers and as a solo musician, he was murdered at his home during a robbery.

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Through-Music Collection #2

1. Ben Howard – Depth Over Distance

Performing live on KCRW

2. Shaolin Afronauts – Kilimanjaro live at the Adelaide Festival Centre

January 21 2012
Adelaide Festival Centre

3. Clutch – “Gone Cold” live acoustic set

Clutch performing a live acoustic version of “Gone Cold” off their newest album “Earth Rocker”.

4. Vandaveer – Marianne (Sibu Edit)

5. Don’t Cha Hear Poor Mother Calling – Hollie Drew, Bull (miXendorp edit)

6. Don’t Cha Hear Poor Mother Calling – Hollie Drew, Bull (miXendorp edit)

Messychops 2012

7. The D.O.T. – Blood, Sweat and Tears

Taken from the new album ‘Diary’ released May 6th.

8. Xploding Plastix – Sports, Not Heavy Crime

9. WAX TAILOR feat Voice & Ali Harter (Live Paris, Olympia 2010)

10. Nerub – Optzerotrei


Through-Music Collection #1


Starting from today I will share with you a series song collections found on web to inspire you, so please share and enjoy!

1. The Morning Benders – Excuses

A studio live performance by the ex-band The Morning Benders & friends. Now the band is caled POP ETC. This song is from the album Big Echo.

2. Break of Reality – “Che” – Live and Unplugged

Break of Reality performs “Che” live in Ventura, CA. Directed by Tamar Sasson. From the album “Spectrum of the Sky

3. Skye – Gorillaz-Feel good inc

Ex-Morcheeba singer-songwriter Skye Edwards comes with a great cover for Feel good inc (original by Gorillaz).

4. Lake Street Dive – Clear a Space (Live at Pickathon)

Lake Street Dive perform “Clear a Space” live in the Bunny Glade at Pickathon 2012. Recorded by KEXP on August 5, 2012.

5. Alexander Ebert – Truth

“Truth” is the 3rd track on “Alexander” album launched on March 1, 2011.

6. Fink – Warm Shadow

“Warm Shadow” is included on the album Perfect Darkness released in 2011.

7. Empress Jahqueen – Mota Benama

The new Empress JahQueen’s Maxi-Single : Mota Benama (Means Human Being with a huge H)

8. Bonobo – First Fires (Ft. Grey Reverend)

First Fires – the first track from the Bonobo’s latest album ‘The Northern Borders‘ released in 2013, featuring an superb vocal performance by Grey Reverend.

9. Alabama Shakes – Hold On

Official music video for “Hold On” – the first single off Alabama Shakes’ debut record Boys & Girls.

10. Chet Faker – No Diggity (Live Sessions)

From album Thinking in Textures


Tinariwen are often associated with just one image: that of Touareg rebels leading the charge, machine gun in hand and electric guitar slung over the shoulder. The band ditch this cliché on their fifth album ‘Tassili’ and it’s for the best. The founding members abandoned their weapons long ago and on this new album they have engineered a minor aesthetic revolution by setting the electric guitar – the instrument which became their mascot and made them famous – to one side and giving pride of place to acoustic sounds, recorded right in the heart of the desert, which is the landscape of their existence, the cradle of their culture and the source of their inspiration. You might even call this radical move a return to the very essence of their art, a return which, paradoxically, has also opened the doors to some intriguing collaborations with members of TV On The Radio, Nels Cline (Wilco’s guitarist) or The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

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