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Brazilian Cultural Group Celebrates 5 Years Of Promoting Peace Through “Capoeira”, November 3, 2009, Kingston

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“KAH-POH-AY-EE-RAH”, or Capoeira, for those who can manage to get all the subtle sounds that come together to form a word that represents a vibrant and exciting cultural form that was invented by Brazilian maroons, or “quilombolas” in the time of slavery in that country. It may seem even more difficult to perform than it is pronounce to the first time onlooker who is invariably captivated by the enchanting rhythms, unusual instruments and sounds, accompanied by powerful chants but most of all, the electrifying and playful acrobatic movements that hold you spellbound.

From the 20th to the 22nd of November the Grupo Cativeiro Capoeira of Jamaica will be hosting its 6th “Batizado” or belt-changing ceremonies at various locations in and around Kingston. The main event will be on Saturday the 21st, from 3:00PM to 5:00PM at the Girl Guides Association of Jamaica. There will also be a “Roda” or Ring at Emancipation Park on the evening of the 20th at 6:00PM in New Kingston. A complete schedule of events is enclosed.

A world famous Capoeira Master, “Mestre Sorriso”, will be attending the Batizado along with “Profesora Mandiga” from Manaus Brazil who will give special workshops and will officiate the belt-changing ceremonies.

Capoeira has taken Jamaica by storm since 2004, it has been taught both in the  inner-city communities through the non-profit sister organisation, Capoeira Alafia, and in many venues uptown including the Martial Arts school across from MegaMart and at many traditional high schools and popular gyms. For many of the young participants from the inner-city Capoeira and this event means the recognition for hard work and dedication and a viable alternative to the negative influences that plague them in their daily lives.

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