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Capoeira Senzala’s Mestre Zumbi introduced all forms of dance, music and song presenting in their concert as variations of capoeira, as they come from the same roots and share similar elements, such as samba dance in a circle, or roda, like in…

Drummers performing with Capoeira Senzala in July 2018 at the Raíces Roots Music Concert Series in Highland Park, NJ

Capoeira Senzala performs the samba tradition at the Raíces Roots Music Concert Series 2018, adding the element of theatrical narrative to their performance.

Capoeira Senzala illustrates the evolution of the samba tradition by adding the element of theater and theatrical narrative to their samba performance at the Raíces Roots Music Concert Series in July 2018.

Members of Capoeira Senzala play the Afro-Brazilian tradition of Maculelê, which falls under the practice of capoeira. These capoeiristas are performing their play fight with sticks which also help keep the rhythm with the drums.

Sapulha Senzala of Capoeira Senzala playing pandeiro during the Maculelê segment of the group’s performance in the Raíces Roots Music Concert Series in July 2018.

Members of Capoeira Senzala perform the dance and music of the Afro-Brazilian Maculelê tradition at the Raíces Roots Music Concert Series 2018 in Highland Park, NJ. The sticks are struck together in rhythm with the drums.

One of the dance forms in the capoeira tradition is called Maculelê. Maculelê can be practiced with either machetes or sticks, which when struck together become a part of the rhythm and music.

Like many African derived music and dance traditions, songs and chants in capoeira are sung using call and response. All members of the group present, including the drummers and musicians, respond to the lead singer with the chorus of the song.
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