Book: Mandinga em Manhattan

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When, today's journalist, writer, photojournalist and capoeirista Lucia Correia Lima was 15 years old, Brazil was living in the midst of a military dictatorship. In 1968, she was taken by colleagues from the Secundarist Student Movement to train capoeira at Mestre Suassuna's school, in downtown São Paulo, where she arrived "exiled" with her militant humanist parents, who had fled from Bahia to find shelter in the immensity of the largest city in South America. South. The Afro-Brazilian struggle-art was a “weapon” to face the gray times that had settled in the country for twenty-five years.

Similar to the capoeira pioneers of the 19th century, Lucia is arrested at the age of 16, as some of her colleagues join the romantic and suicidal “armed struggle” against the dictatorship. Many were killed, exiled or imprisoned. Your master Suassuna, one of them. But Lucia disagrees with the armed struggle. She goes to work at Realidade magazine, by Editora Abril, when she receives the Esso Journalism award on the Amazon edition team. She then began her career in the so-called alternative press, when, as part of the team at the revolutionary magazine Bondinho, she received the Esso award for “contribution to the press”. Back in Bahia, she works for the main newspapers in Salvador, such as Tribuna da Bahia and Correio da Bahia, signing texts and photos. She left her mark on the Bahian press when she opted for photojournalism. Period in which she passes through the Bahia branch of O Globo and returns to capoeira.

Going to live in the Historic Center of the first capital of Brazil, she signs up for the classes of the legendary master João Pequeno de Pastinha. There appears the book Mandinga em Manhattan. The old master's school was filled with young people from all continents. Capoeira, already in the middle of the 1990s, brought young people from all over the world to Brazil, but few knew that along with Candomblé and Samba, it had become one of the most important manifestations of Brazilian culture.

The capoeirista and journalist lives this expansion, carried out without any government aid, although UNESCO recently listed the “roda de capoeira” as a world heritage. In the period when Lucia Correia Lima was thinking about the book, this theme was an extravagance. Lucia had to overcome prejudice and turns her idea into a documentary: she creates the title Mandinga in Manhattan and receives the DOCTV national award. Of the Mystery of Culture. In 2008.

The idea for the book returns with the transcription of the long interviews in the documentary. With the same title, the publication is selected by the public notice Capoeira Viva, also from MinC. After further interviews and dealing with bureaucracy in public bodies, the work is finally edited. It contains twenty-one interviews with the pioneering masters responsible for spreading capoeira around the world. In addition to scholars like Dr. Ubiratan Castro, by writer Ildázio Tavares; ethnomusicologist Emília Biancardi, ethnolinguist Yeda Pessoa de Castro, former ministers Gilberto Gil and Juca Ferreira, among others.

Fundamental in Lucia's book are the testimonies of the masters who made capoeira their source of work and research. Jelon Vieira, opens the first capoeira school in New York in 1975. He enters the history of Afro-Brazilian fight-art; the Master and doctor Decneo, gives his last interview in life; Camisa is a “boing” that travels the world, being received with reverence; Suassuna lost count of how many groups she has outside Brazil; Mestre Amen, brought capoeira to the powerful Hollywood movie industry; Accordion put capoeira in the most traditional universities in California, and many others. Among the speeches of the foreigners are the sociologist Kenned Dossar, the anthropologist Greg Downey, a student of master João Grande, received at the White House, for homage.

The Bahian artist's work was produced by the Gregório de Matos Foundation, in Salvador, and is being distributed to several countries via international groups. It was released in Salvador; at the MST school in Vitória da Conquista, in Inhambupe and will be presented at an international event with capoeiras from over 60 countries, from August 9th to 13th of this year, in the 50th anniversary of the Cordão de Ouro school in São Paulo. At the Eletropaulo club, with programming on the website. On the 11th, Friday at 3 pm, Lucia Correia Lima will give a lecture on the conception of the book and documentary Mandinga em Manhattan, this one being awarded by DOCTV, managed by the Padre Anchieta Foundation in São Paulo. In Rio de Janeiro, the book will be presented at the Abadá Capoeira school from the 23rd to the 27th of August. The work should be relaunched in Salvador still in 2017. Also in August of this year the author was invited to launch her work in Santo André, also with a lecture and exhibition of the documentary.

Jolivaldo Freitas – JournalistSize: 18x26cm

edition 2016, print run: 1000 copies

208 pages, color

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