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Yɛgyina hɔ pintinn!

Nnansa yi, asako no aba fam' pa ara, nanso, yɛgu so. Ɛberɛ a yɛhunu sɛ dodoɔ na ɛrekɔ nkwaseadan akɔsom buronihunu bi, yɛnim sɛ ɛnni sɛ yɛpa aba ɛfiri sɛ nkurɔfoɔ adwene nyɛ adwuma saa berɛ a yɛwɔ mu yi. Yɛnim sɛ daakye bi nti na yɛrebiri yɛn mogya ani. Nkyirimma bɛhunu sɛ deɛ yɛreyɛ no som boɔ. Wɔnhunu saa nso a, ɛkyerɛ sɛ wɔn ankasa na wɔnsom boɔ biara. Ɔbran twa sa a, yɛma no amo. Ebia saa amo na ɛnyɛ awontoatoasoɔ yi mu, ebia ɛbɛba mu ɔkyena. Na mmom, deɛ ɛteɛ biara, yɛgu so reyɛ deɛ yɛnim pefee sɛ nyansa wɔ mu. Anomaa ntu a, ɔbua da. Agyan a yɛnto nwɔ ne botaeɛ. Yɛgyina hɔ pintinn wɔ teneneesɛm so ne nokorɛdie mu. 

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Body Games Documentary
I started training in 1998. You can check out some of the videos from our group here: http://www.abibifahodie.com/index.php/gallery
Interestingly enough, I just saw a documentary on the origins of Kipura in Angola: https://www.essex.ac.uk/history/research/angolan-roots.aspx
Sadly enough, the Engolo experts were in their 70s and 80s and lamented how the youth didn't want to learn. They struggled to remember songs and but when Capoeira was demonstrated for one, he said that this was just how it used to be done. He recognized many of the movements such as rabo de arraia. There was a scene where Kambangula was demonstrated which looks similar to the hand strikes you see towards the end of this video: http://www.abibifahodie.com/index.php/gallery/63-obadele-kambon/video/194-part-3-capoeira-hand-strikes-and-sparring
 
The documentary showed elders who demonstrated Engolo, Khandeka, Kambangula and Ondjumbo. People were from Quiteve, St. Terezinha, Humpata, etc. The language was similar to the Kikôngo I learned some years back and I recognized words like ngômbe 'cow' in some of the songs they were singing. They also had the berimbau. You can check this article on the origin of the word here: http://www.abibifahodie.com/index.php/about/easyblog/entry/origin-of-the-word-berimbau
 
In the documentary, the youth were asking Mestre Cobra Mansa to teach them how to do Capoeira and, fittingly, he told them to go to their elder Tchitula to at least get the basics of how to kick. Perhaps if they can come to respect their elders and what their elders remember, the generation gap can be closed and the descendants can become the carriers of the culture once again. 
 
(Also note that Kôngo refers to the ancient empire that stretched through modern day Angola, Congo DRC, Congo-Br, and Gabon. My Kikôngo teacher, Ngânga Kimbwandende kia Bunseki Fu-Kiâu, was the one who taught us about the name Kipura as the original name of Capoeira.)
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Asako wɔ Gaana

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