The Music

The music of capoeira is perhaps the most important part of the roda.  While everyone in the roda sings, the bateria is at the front of the roda, taking the lead by playing the traditional capoeira instruments: berimbau, atabaque, pandeiro, and agogo.  For Mestre Marquinho Coreba’s music, visit our Music and Lyrics page.

Gunga Medio Viola BerimbausBerimbau

A complete batteria in the capoeira regional tradition has three berimbau players – gunga, media, and viola.  The gunga berimbau player takes the lead in setting the rhythm of the music, and setting the tone and rules for a safe and fun roda, while the viola berimbau player can play more improvised rhythms.

Other instruments

The other instruments of the bateria are the atabaque, pandeiro, and agogo.

Atabaque

Atabaque

Pandeiro

Pandeiro

Agogo

Agogos