The Angolan Roots of Capoeira – Old



The project The Angolan Roots of Capoeira: Transatlantic Links of a Globalised Performing Art explo­red the transatlantic links between the Afro-Brazilian martial art capoeira and combat games in Southern Angola. The project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) from 2010 to 2013. Collaborators on the project were Dr Christine Dettmann (now Professor of Ethnomusicology at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater em Munich, Alemanha), Tchilulu Ntchongolola (Angola), and Professor Mariana Candido (Kansas University, US).

The documentary Jogo de Corpo – Body Games, Capoeira and Ancestry is one of the major outcomes of the research project and was completed in November 2014. This film is co-directed by Richard Pakleppa, Matthias Röhrig Assunção and Cobra Mansa and follows capoeira master Cobra Mansa on travels through Angola and Brazil in search of the historical roots of his art. The journey explores deeper connections between slavery, identity and society. See the trailer here:


More material from this research will be made available here soon.