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Dec 21

Zum Zum Zum Capoeira Mata Um – Lyrics and Translation

Mestre Índio aplicando um vôo de morcego no Xarope

Olha eu vou contar

Quem quiser pode ouvir

Quem quiser diga que não

Quem quiser diga que sim

Agradeço a escravidão

Quem quiser que ache asneira

Mas se não fosse o escravo

Não existia a capoeira

Zum zum zum, capoeira mata um

Zum zum zum, capoeira mata um

Zum zum zum, capoeira mata um

Zum zum zum, capoeira mata um

Cuidado com o preto velho

Que ele pode machucar

No tempo da escravidão

Já jogava o pé pro ar

Zum zum zum, capoeira mata um

Zum zum zum, capoeira mata um

Zum zum zum, capoeira mata um

Zum zum zum, capoeira mata um

O filho do meu patrão

Ia na escola estudar

E a caneta do escravo

Era no canavial

Zum zum zum, capoeira mata um

Zum zum zum, capoeira mata um

Zum zum zum, capoeira mata um

Zum zum zum, capoeira mata um

Look, I will tell

Anyone who wants to can hear

Anyone who wants to can say no

Anyone who wants to can say yes

I thank slavery

Anyone who wants to can think it’s messed up

But if not for the slaves

Capoeira wouldn’t exist

Zum zum zum, capoeira kills one

Zum zum zum, capoeira kills one

Zum zum zum, capoeira kills one

Zum zum zum, capoeira kills one

Be careful with the old black man

Because he can hurt you

In the time of slavery

He already played capoeira

Zum zum zum, capoeira kills one

Zum zum zum, capoeira kills one

Zum zum zum, capoeira kills one

Zum zum zum, capoeira kills one

The son of my master

Went to school to study

And the slave’s pen (education)

Was in the sugarcane field

Zum zum zum, capoeira kills one

Zum zum zum, capoeira kills one

Zum zum zum, capoeira kills one

Zum zum zum, capoeira kills one

Explanation: This song expresses the viewpoint that capoeira was one good thing to come out of the institution of slavery. It also describes the deadliness of capoeira, calling attention to the experience of the "old black man" and saying that capoeira can kill. Finally, it describes the inequalities between the children of the slave masters, who were educated in school, and the slaves, who were "educated" through forced labor in the cane fields.

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1 comment

  1. Sarafina

    I love Capoeira who doesnt

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