The Songs of Capoeira

There are THREE main types of songs used in the Art form of Capoeira Angola.
Each has a particular use in the roda and will become more clear to you once you read the following…


Ladainha is the name given to the story telling songs of capoeira. These are always used to start a roda, and may be added in throughout the duration if a particular teaching would benefit the players at that time. There are many, many ladainha’s each one telling either of the history of capoeira, past capoeiristas of old, or just to pass on a teaching on how to play or what to look for in your games.


Chula is the name given to the ‘praises’ sung at the start of a roda of capoeira (after the ladainha). There are many chula ’s and no matter which one is sung the chorus always repeats the same line adding the word ‘camara’ to the end (see below).

Iê, viva meu mestre!
Iê, viva meu mestre camara
Iê, viva todos os mestres!
Iê, viva todos os mestres camara
Iê, que me ensinou!
Iê, que me ensinou camara
Iê, a malandragem!
Iê, a malandragem camara
Iê, da capoeira!
Iê, da capoeira camara


Corridos is the name given to the game-play songs of capoeira. These are used during a roda and can be used to direct a game, describe how a game should be played or may just remark on the heritage or philosophies found within Capoeira Angola. There are many different songs, some very old and traditional and others more modern. Different songs invoke different types of games and need to be used at appropriate times in the roda; for example a quick song that asks the players to play a faster, more intricate game should not be used at the start of a roda when things are just warming up.