Berimbau Page

With Roots in Africa, the berimbau is the single stringed instrument now associated with the Afro-Brazilian Martial art of Capoeira. This video excerpt from Mestre Amen's DVD gives a good glimpse of what correct technique looks like.

"Here is a good primer article on the berimbau by Tadeu Batista

Berimbau, Heart of Capoeira
a good article by Alex Pertout

Berimbau History; includes
sound samples of the capoeira rhythms and what they mean

Here's a good berimbau article by N.Scott Robinson and Richard Graham. It focuses not only on the historical development and traditional use of berimbau in Brazil but also on its subsequent technical and timbral development in popular musics. he details electric berimbau, double-string berimbau, and all kinds of new uses of the instrument.


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