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Posted on 09 April 2010 by chan

This rhythm is called the hino da capoeira regional, or, the capoeira regional anthem.
Some people call this rhythm Santa Maria too.
This rhythm is highly subjective, and often changes subtly from group to group, from teacher to teacher.
This is they way that Formado Cacador from the Associacao de capoeira Mestre Bimba taught me.
Thanks Cacador!

I have broken it down into parts to make it easier to understand and learn.

In our academy, we usually play this rhythm at the beginning and the end of class.

Just a few pointers:

1. I believe the objective of this rhythm is for people to have time to reflect on capoeira from the past, present and future. It is to also help give time to pay homage to capoeiristas who have helped build the art.

2. Usually a formado or someone competent at berimbau will be assigned to play the rhythm. We usually all line up in order of rank facing a picture of Mestre Bimba.

3. Everyone will place there right hand on their heart, stand upright and reflect on capoeira whilst the berimbau plays the rhythm. When the rhythm is finished, the teacher will lift his hand from his heart and clearly say “salve!” Then, everyone in unison will follow by doing the same gesture and repeat, ‘salve!’.

4. They will call this the “saudacao” which means to pay homage. At the end of class before the saudacao, it is common for the teacher to talk and reflect about the class, and for the students to comment on the class. It is also an open forum for people to talk about certain events or things that are happening at the time.

Here is a breakdown:
H= High note, rock pressed on wire
L= Low note, rock not on wire, solto
T= Rock loosely pressed against wire, tich.

1st Part
L L / L L L L / L L L H L H
T T H H H H / H H H L H L

T T L L L L/ L L L L H L H
T T H H H H/ H H H L H L

2nd Part

T T L T T L / T T L H L H
T T H T T H / T T H L H L

3rd Part

T T L L L L/ L L L L L L
T T L L L L / L L L H L H

T T H H H H/ H H H H H H
T T H H H H/ H H H L H L

4rth part a.
T T L T T L / T T L H L H
T T H T T H / T T H L H L

4rth part b.

T T L T T L / T T L H L H
T T H T T H / T T H L H L / L L H L H L/
L L H L H L / L L H L H L / L L L H /

here is a video of Mestre Bimba playing the ‘hino’.
As you may notice it is played differently, but, what I find is important in all of the berimbau rhythms is to find the heart of the rhythm, the pulse. As long as you have the pulse the notes in between are just extra ‘flavours’.

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