If Cities Could Dance

Follow a Capoeirista’s Journey From the Bay Area to Brazil

Season 5 Episode 10 | 8m 30s  | Video has closed captioning.

Ricky "Malandro" Lawson II has practiced capoeira for 25 years, traveling often to its birthplace, Salvador, Bahia, to better understand the art form’s origins, and experience the deep ancestral energy in the most African city outside of the continent. Malandro returns to share how capoeira was birthed, efforts to ban it, and the legacy of Mestre Bimba, who brought it back from near extinction.

Aired: 09/07/22

Rating: NR

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If Cities Could Dance is a local public television program presented by KQED.