Oswaldo Lisboa dos Santos, Master Paraná, was born in 1922, in Salvador, Bahia.
Juliana Pereira (April 2020)
In the capoeira universe Paraná became known mainly because he was an excellent berimbau player. A carpenter by profession and training, he carefully manufactured his berimbaus himself using coated strings and varnished wood. His great ability as a musician allowed him to record, in 1963, a single record with four tracks with the CBS company, called “Capoeira – Mestre Paraná”. He was also often asked to play berimbau in other academies, for instance at the roda of M Artur Emídio.
Mestre Paraná also collaborated with the black dancer Mercedes Baptista participating in shows and festivals such as the “IV Festival Folclórico do Distrito Federal”.
Paraná died in 1972, at the age of 49, victim of a heart attack. His ability and talent playing berimbau is always highlighted by masters who had the opportunity to meet him. His trajectory, even though brief, left an important heritage in the history of contemporary capoeira and today various masters and groups claim him heritage.
In the following video you can find out more about M. Paraná and his berimbau:
- Interviews with Mestres Cabide, Polaco, Genaro and Mintirinha.
- Newspapers from Hemeroteca Digital da Biblioteca Digital.
- Cedoc Funarte.