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Grupo Liberdade celebrating Kwanzaa with a roda at the 53rd Annual Harvest Festival of African Culture in Montclair, NJ.

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The “officer” appears to break up a capoeira roda, but finds it disguised as samba instead and leaves the capoeiristas who quickly get back to training.

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In Brazil, capoeira was once outlawed, to keep enslaved Africans from training for their liberation. Groups of practitioners added the music to cover the practice of martial arts and training with rhythms and dance. Students of Professora Amazonas…

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Like many cultural arts traditions rooted in African culture, capoeira is a participatory art form. Traditionally, it is not performed on a stage or in front of an audience, but out in the community as a cultural practice and expression. In modern…

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Students from Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira’s academy in Vauxhall, NJ co-star in performances and demonstrations, sharing their skills and knowledge with the community.

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Grupo Liberdade played capoeira to celebrate Kwanzaa and share with the community at the 53rd Annual Harvest Festival of African Culture in Montclair, NJ.

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Professora Amazonas invites one of her students to play capoeira in the roda during Grupo Liberdade’s performance at the 53rd Annual Harvest Festival of African Culture Kwanzaa Celebration at the Montclair Public Library.

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Professora Amazonas moving through the roda during Grupo Liberdades performance at the 53rd Annual Harvest Festival of African Culture Kwanzaa Celebration help at the Montclair Public Library.

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Grupo Liberdade participated in the the 53rd Annual Harvest Festival of African Culture Kwanzaa Celebration at the Montclair Public Library. The bateria plays the berimbaus and percussion instruments that provide the rhythm and music for the roda and…

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Professora Amazonas plays the berimbau at the at the 53rd Annual Harvest Festival of African Culture Kwanzaa Celebration at the Montclair Public Library. The berimbau is the instrument that sets the rules of the game for capoeira.

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Grupo Liberdade performing and sharing the art of capoeira at the 53rd Annual Harvest Festival of African Culture Kwanzaa Celebration at the Montclair Public Library.

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Professora Amazonas at the 53rd Annual Harvest Festival of African Culture Kwanzaa Celebration at the Montclair Public Library.

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In classes, presentations, performances, and in the roda, members of Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira always honor their history and the history of capoeira.

In Brazil, capoeira was once outlawed, to keep enslaved Africans from training their…

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Professora Amazonas of Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira in the roda with her students celebrating Kwanzaa at the 53rd Annual Harvest Festival of African Culture.

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Members of Grupo Liberdade de Capoeira led by Professora Amazonas playing capoeira and engaging the community at the 53rd Annual Harvest Festival of African Culture Kwanzaa Celebration.

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The Raíces Cultural Center Ensemble was asked to share the traditions and cultures of the Caribbean through music, dance and song as part of the 2010 NAACP Kwanzaa Celebration. Raíces Ensemble members are pictured here playing batá and singing to…
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