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2019 National Day of Racial Healing: Liberation through Capoeira

  • Paul Robeson Community Wellness Center 6569 South Vermont Avenue Los Angeles, CA, 90044 United States (map)

Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian cultural practice that incorporates movement, music, ceremony, and self-defense. Developed by enslaved Africans in Brazil who used this practice as a tool for liberation, self-determination, expression, and survival, it has since become a popular art form practiced around the world.

In this introductory workshop participants will learn the basic movements of Capoeira and the rich history of this enduring and dynamic practice. Participants will get introduced to Capoeira songs and rhythms played on the pandeiro drum, and the Berimbau—a single-stringed bow instrument. No previous experience is necessary.

About the workshop facilitator: Phillipos Haile (Contra Mestre Muito Tempo)

Born and raised in Los Angeles, CA to Ethiopian parents, Muito Tempo (Phillipos Haile) had his first experience with Capoeira at the age of 8 when he saw a performance at the African Market Place festival by Mestre Amen and other amazing capoeiristas. Starting in martial arts at age 7, he took his first few months of Capoeira when he was 11, as part of a program in his elementary school. At 15, he decided to start capoeira again, and since then, hasn’t stopped. Helping out with the children’s program at Capoeira Batuque and performing at a young age helped his growth in the art. Over the years, Muito Tempo has been able to travel the world to teach, perform, and train Capoeira. In 2009 he founded Capoeira Batuque Pasadena.


This event is free and open to all ages.

Parking available at the Paul Robeson Center and on nearby streets. For public transit options, please visit

The venue is accessible by stairs only.

Free childcare, Spanish interpretation, and refreshments will be provided.

Comfortable shoes and clothes are recommended.

No experience is necessary. All are welcome to attend.