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sergio mendes “berimbau” f/ gracinha leporace & stevie wonder

berimbau is a single-stringed instrument that’s a staple of capoeira.  it’s also a song from sergio mendes’ timeless album.  on this track, the bossa nova legend is accompanied by his wife gracinha leporace on the vocals & stevie wonder on the harmonica.


01/05/12 , , ,

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berimbau is almost like a holy instrument in capoeira. it is the one that gives permission for “o jogo”, dictates the rhythm of the two “jogadores” inside the roda. and yet it is so simple in its parts (wooden stick, car tyre wire, pumpkin, a rock and a stick). 🙂

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great description! thanks for sharing 🙂



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