Capoeira Angola music consists of a 'BATERIA' which is an orchestra of different percussion instruments.
The unique and most important instrument in Capoeira is the BERIMBAU, a single-string instrument that resonates through a gourd.
In the circle ('RODA') there are three berimbaus,
the 'GUNGA' that directs the rhythm,
the 'MEDIO' that holds the rhythm,
the 'VIOLA' that plays variations on the Gunga's rhythm.
There are also two 'PANDEIROS'(tambourines)
'RECO-RECO' (wood scraper)
'ATABAQUE' (conga-style drum).
Musicality is a fundamental skill for Capoeira Angola practitioners. Students are encouraged to learn to play all the instruments and sing traditional Capoeira songs in Portuguese. This can be quite challenging but is often the most rewarding and fun part of Capoeira. The aim is ultimately to collaborate in the 'RODA' but it also develops a new artistic life skill.