University of Pittsburgh
February 21, 1999

PITT CAPS BLACK HISTORY MONTH WITH CAPOEIRA-ANGOLA CELEBRATION, FEB. 26 & 27

Contact:  412-624-4147

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 22 -- The University of Pittsburgh's Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS), Black Action Society and the Negro Cato Capoeira-Angola Foundation will present two days of celebration of Capoeira-Angola,

Feb. 26-27, on the Pitt campus in Oakland.

Capoeira-Angola, now considered by many to be the national sport of Brazil or a Brazilian martial arts form, is actually a rich artistic expression that is part of the Afro-Brazilian cultural heritage suppressed for a long time along with other expressions of black and popular culture of that country. The form of capoeira found at the beginning of this century known as Capoeira-Angola combines elements of dance, martial art, music, ritual and mimicry. Intermingling these elements results in an original art form.

The celebration schedule is:

Friday, Feb. 26

7 - 9 p.m. Bellefield Building, 315 S. Bellefield Avenue: "Presentation and Discussion of the Historical Background: African Roots of the Music of Capoeira," followed by a Capoeira-Angola demonstration.

Saturday, Feb. 27

12 p.m. 3T51 Forbes Quadrangle Building, 230 S. Bouquet Street: "Presentation and Discussion: Living Our Culture: Building a Stronger African-Latin American Cultural Movement in Pittsburgh"

2 p.m. Bellefield Building: Drumming Workshop

4 p.m. Bellefield Building: Capoeira-Angola Movement

There is a $10 fee to participate in the drumming workshop. All other activities are free and open to the public. For more information, call 412-648-7392.

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