Ginga E Balança

Lyrics, Translations, Music Video and Song Meaning

Ginga E Balança

Author: Mestre Museu

Song Lyrics

0:12 - Ginga e balança

Eng: Swing and balance

0:15 - Balança e ginga

Eng: Balance and swing

0:17 - Eu quero ver

Eng: I want to see

0:18 - O balanço na mandinga

Eng: The balance in the magic

0:22 - Ginga e balança

Eng: Swing and balance

0:23 - Balança e ginga

Eng: Balance and swing

0:26 - Eu quero ver

Eng: I want to see

0:28 - O balanço na mandinga

Eng: The balance in the magic

0:30 - Ginga e balança

Eng: Swing and balance

0:33 - Balança e ginga

Eng: Balance and swing

0:35 - Eu quero ver

Eng: I want to see

0:36 - O balanço na mandinga

Eng: The balance in the magic

0:39 - Ginga e balança

Eng: Swing and balance

0:42 - Balança e ginga

Eng: Balance and swing

0:44 - Eu quero ver

Eng: I want to see

0:46 - O balanço na mandinga

Eng: The balance in the magic

0:48 - Meu berimbau

Eng: My berimbau

0:50 - Tem laço de fita

Eng: Has a ribbon bow

0:53 - No meu pescoço patuá contra mandinga

Eng: On my neck, it is against magic

0:58 - Ginga e balança

Eng: Swing and balance

1:00 - Balança e ginga

Eng: Balance and swing

1:02 - Eu quero ver

Eng: I want to see

1:04 - O balanço na mandinga

Eng: The balance in the magic

1:07 - Ê, jogo de Angola

Eng: Hey, Angola

1:09 - E Regional

Eng: and Regional

1:11 - Jogo de dentro, não pode correr do pau

Eng: Playing inside, it can't run from the stick

1:16 - Ginga e balança

Eng: Swing and balance

1:18 - Balança e ginga

Eng: Balance and swing

1:20 - Eu quero ver

Eng: I want to see

1:22 - O balanço na mandinga

Eng: The balance in the magic

1:25 - Ê, entrou na roda

Eng: Hey, got in the roda

1:27 - Puxou a ginga

Eng: pulled the swing

1:29 - Balança o corpo

Eng: Rock the body

1:31 - Pensando em Mestre Bimba

Eng: Thinking of Mestre Bimba

1:34 - Ginga e balança

Eng: Swing and balance

1:36 - Balança e ginga

Eng: Balance and swing

1:38 - Eu quero ver

Eng: I want to see

1:40 - O balanço na mandinga

Eng: The balance in the magic

1:43 - Ginga e balança

Eng: Swing and balance

1:45 - Balança e ginga

Eng: Balance and swing

1:47 - Eu quero ver

Eng: I want to see

1:49 - O balanço na mandinga

Eng: The balance in the magic

1:52 - Ginga e balança

Eng: Swing and balance

1:54 - Balança e ginga

Eng: Balance and swing

1:57 - Eu quero ver

Eng: I want to see

1:58 - O balanço na mandinga

Eng: The balance in the magic

2:00 - Ginga e balança

Eng: Swing and balance

2:02 - Balança e ginga

Eng: Balance and swing

2:04 - Quero ver, Quero ver, Quero ver

Eng: I want to see, I want to see, I want to see

2:06 - O balanço na mandinga

Eng: The balance in the magic

2:09 - Ginga e balança

Eng: Swing and balance

2:11 - Balança e ginga

Eng: Balance and swing

2:14 - Eu quero ver

Eng: I want to see

2:15 - O balanço na mandinga

Eng: Balance and swing

2:18 - Balança Balança

Eng: Balance Balance

2:19 - Balança e ginga

Eng: Balance and swing

2:21 - e ginga

Eng: And swing

2:22 - Quero ver, Quero ver, Quero ver

Eng: I want to see, I want to see, I want to see

2:24 - Na mandinga

Eng: And magic

2:27 - Ginga e balança

Eng: Swing and balance

2:28 - Balança e ginga

Eng: Balance and swing

2:31 - Eu quero ver

Eng: I want to see

2:32 - O balanço na mandinga

Eng: The balance in the magic

2:35 - Ginga ginga

Eng: Swing swing

2:36 - Ginga e balança

Eng: Swing and balance

2:38 - Balança e ginga ginga

Eng: Balance and swing swing

2:40 - Quero ver, Quero ver, Quero ver

Eng: I want to see, I want to see, I want to see

2:42 - O balanço na mandinga

Eng: The balance in the magic

2:45 - Ginga e balança

Eng: Swing and balance

2:47 - Balança e ginga

Eng: Balance and swing

2:49 - Eu quero ver

Eng: I want to see

2:51 - O balanço na mandinga

Eng: The balance in the magic

2:54 - Ginga e balança

Eng: Swing and balance

2:56 - Balança e ginga

Eng: Balance and swing

2:58 - Eu quero ver

Eng: I want to see

3:00 - O balanço na mandinga

Eng: The balance in the magic

3:03 - Ginga e balança

Eng: Swing and balance

3:05 - Balança e ginga

Eng: Balance and swing


History and sentiment behind song

The ginga (literally: rocking back and forth; to swing) is the fundamental movement in capoeira, important both for attack and defense purposes. It has two main objectives. One is to keep the capoeirista in a state of constant motion, preventing him or her from being a still and easy target. The other, using also fakes and feints, is to mislead, fool, trick the opponent, leaving them open for an attack or a counter-attack.

The song refers to Mandinga which is a tricky and strategic quality of the game, and even a certain esthetic, where the game is expressive and at times theatrical, particularly in the Angola style. The roots of the term mandingueiro would be a person who had the magic ability to avoid harm due to protection from the Orixas.

The word mandinga refers to “magic” or “spell.” In some senses that meaning applies to capoeira, but in a different context. Mandinga in the capoeira environment means, amongst many things, the hidden power that one has to disguise their real intention and to trick the opponent.


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