Played during Capoeira (Afro Brazilian martial art and dance), Berimbau is a musical bow of the African origin. Berimbau is also considered the soul of Capoeira dance —the faster the berimbau is playing the faster the Capoeirista moves in the game. Played during Capoeira (Afro Brazilian martial art and dance), Berimbau is a musical bow of the African origin.
Disguised as dance whilst incorporating martial arts, Capoeira was used as a self-defence tool in Brazil by Africans who were enslaved by Portuguese colonisers in the 16th century. Using capoeira, many slaves escaped their masters and formed rebellion groups known as Quilombos, creating communities outside of Portuguese control.
Rooted in Brazil and performed all the way in Sydney, “Afro Brasil Journey” was an event where Capoeira dance and martial art, The Maracatu Ubuntu Brazilian percussion group, and Umbanda Group wove together and performed a rich tapestry of Afro-Brazillian slaves who once sung, danced, and fought for their dignity against Portuguese colonisers in sixteenth century. Supported by the Aboriginal dance theatre the event collected over $1000 that will make the difference to supporting cultural activities in Redfern since 1979.