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Capoeira in Palma

Every year in the Summer, one can hear some quick drumming in the centre of Palma, drum beats of what sounds like African rhythm. As one gets nearer to the pulsating throb, one is treated to a street display of Capoeira, performed by a group of tall and muscular young men, including one or more of their members flying through the air in defiance of gravity.

Capoeira is a Brazilian martial art combining elements of dance and music. It was created in Brazil probably at the beginning of the 16th century mainly by descendants of African slaves, including Brazilian native influences. Capoeira is known by quick and complex moves, using mainly power, speed, and leverage for leg sweeps.

The refreshing display may well stir longings for a voyage to the Copacabana, the Ipanema or the Praia da Fazenda, and if not for a journey, then at least for a Brazilian cocktail such as Caipirinha or, yes, Capoeira, a concoction involving sweetened condensed milk, coconut milk, Creme de Cacao, cognac and crushed ice, serve in a tiny glass.

Saude.

The photo was taken in Palma, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: August 1st, 2012. The time was 13:26:42.

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