Mestre Cobra Mansa presents a "History of Capoeira Angola"

Date:     Monday, November 19, 2007
7:30 p.m.                
Location: Alumni ( Veterans Memorial) Hall


Event Notes

Mestre Cobra Mansa, a native of Brazil, has
dedicated the last 26 years of his life to
training, teaching, researching and preserving
Capoeira Angola. Born in Rio de Janeiro, he had a thirst for movement and energetic personality that made him a natural. He was led to the art at age 14, and once on the path he never left. The name Cobra Mansa means "Tame Snake" and he was so named because of the way he moved in the roda (Capoeira playing space). He was skinny, quick, and agile and "played laughing all the time." His passion continues, as he actively fights against racism and social injustice, using Capoeira as a tool to liberate and educate its victims. He was an active member in the Black Movement in Brazil, and works with street children as part of the well known "Projecto Axe." Georgia State welcomes this artist and activist.

Capoeira Angola is the traditional style of Bahian Capoeira. It is usually characterized by playful, ritualized games, which combine elements of dancing, combat, and music, while stressing interaction between the two players and the musicians and observers. Capoeira has its roots in Central and West African cultures that were brought to Brazil through the Trans-Atlantic slave trade. However, there are diverse theories about the origins of the art form. Cobra Mansa will explain several of those theories and offer his own.

Additional Event Notes

This event is sponsored by Georgia State University, The Center for Latin American and Latino/a Studies and the International Capoeira Angola Foundation of Atlanta. ICAF Atlanta will be performing.

Admission to this event is free.

For more information, please contact Prof. Sheldon Schiffer at schiffer (at) gsu (dot) edu. Alumni Hall is located at the corner of Courtland & Gilmer Streets in downtown Atlanta.