ZECA DO URUGUAI
We have spoken a lot about the 3 masters of Santo Amaro: Besouro, Cobrinha Verde e Gato Preto, but there is one more who contributed loads to Salvador's capoeira, named Zeca do Uruguai. There's not a lot of information about him, but luckily he left students that left students so we can construct a small page about his legacy. We thank the Facebook user called Omilad D Angola for encouraging this study and for sharing his collection and knowledge.
M Canjiquinha in Joy of Capoeira, 1989:
«Zeca do Uruguai was dark, a bookie and had a big moustache».
Canjiquinha in 85-86:
«I saw a creole docker, mestre Zeca do Uruguai, playing the berimbau and I liked it a lot. I went to himi and asked him to teach me. He told me to play a little for him to see and later only told: «I'm going to teach you». From that day on I went there every morning with my berimbau, he played his and I played mine. He showed me how to play, taught me rhythms and lots of songs, thousands of songs, many of which I don't remember any more. He taught me that the berimbau reigns the capoeira roda and that the capoeiritsta has to play according to the rhythm that the berimbau imposes and has to obey the chamada and the warnings.»
M Nô, year?:
«Zeca was a short guy known for: cunningness, truthfulness, the way of handling himself».
Also M Nô, 2014:
«Zeca [was] also from Uruguai, however Zeca, who was the master of Pirrô and Nilton, Zeca was Gato's, Gato Preto's, cousin, first cousin, and Cobrinha Verde's cousin, also. And they came from Santo Amaro da Purificação, all three of them. So my lineage comes from there. Who was these guys' master I don't know.»
Velhosmestres.com: the description matches with the capoeira from the below photo, however we are waiting M Nô to verify this. We also tried to show the family ties between mestres Besouro, Zeca, Cobrinha Verde e Gato Preto.
PIRRÔ, NILTON, CUTICA AND MANO
We know only, that Pirrô was older than the brothers Nilton (Nilton Moraes Paes) and Cutica (Nelson Moraes Paes) and that the three bahians learned with Zeca. Appearantly the brothers lived in Massaranduba and visited Zeca and Pirrô in Uruguai (the distance of not even one kilometer).
Now about the Moraes Paes family there is more information. There were at least three brothers. Besides Nilton (16/Oct/1937 - before 1979) and Cutica (? - before 1979) there was also Fernando Olímpio Paes Filho, known as Fernandinho or Mano (26/Mar/1948 - 5/May/2001), who became famous in Rio. It's interesting to note that Mano learned with M Caiçara and M Gaguinho Preto.
Everaldo Arcanjo de Assis, known as Gaguinho Preto (12/Jun/1934 - 29/Apr/2002) learned with Menino Gordo da Curva Grande, with Roque and Victor H.U., passing by Pastinha's CECA and Zeca do Uruguai.
He was part of the group of Pirrô, Cobrinha do Morro (Pedro Caipora - one of the most dangerous), Risadinha da Rua Chile, Edinho do Uruguai, Ninho, Cacua, Cutica, João Caveirinha - berimbau player, Nilton, Edinho Bufo-Bufo and Mestre Zeca do Uruguai in the Lower City of Salvador, Bahia.
Omilad D Angola: «Mestre Caiçara sold fish on the small market of Jardim Cruzerio, in the lower city neighborhood. Here he got many to become his contramestres. Such as Mestre Zé, Fernandinho, Paulo Santo Amaro, Ferreirinha (Silvestre) and others. So the guys who had taught them stayed anonymous.
Mestre Canjiquinha lived here in Jardim Cruzeiro when young with his sister, mãe de santo Lili.»
THE MAPA: OLD MASTERS CONNECTED TO THE LOWER CITY (with the addition of Querido de Deus, Waldemar, Paulo Limão or Paulo Santo Amaro, Tiburcinho, Caiçara and Canjiquinha)
Now we arrive to today's masters.
THE ABC OF M NÔ
1945 - Norival Moreira de Oliveira was born on the 22nd June in Coroa village on the island of Itaparica.
1949 - Started to learn capoeira with his grandfather Olegário.
1952 - His family moved to Massaranduba in Salvador where Nô started to learn with Nilton, Cutica, Pirrô and Zeca do Uruguai. Their rodas were visited by Waldemar and Traíra.
1964 - On the 18th September Nô received the diploma from Nilton and Cutica (see the image below) and started to teach.
1965 - Founded the Academia de Capoeira Angola Retintos.
1969 - Founded the Academia de Capoeira Angola Orixas da Bahia.
1979 - During the party of the Academia de Capoeira Angola Orixas da Bahia paid tribute to the late Nilton and Cutica. The same year he founded the Grupo de Capoeira Angola Palmares da Bahia.
1990 - Visited Atlanta in the Stated for the first time.
M Nô continues to teach in his place in Bahia and in many places over the world.
THE ABC DE M MORAES
1950 - Pedro Moraes Trindade was born on the 9th February on the island of Maré.
1957 - Already living in Baixa do Petróleo in Salvador he entered M Pastinha's school on the 1st April starting to learn with mestres João Grande and João Pequeno.
1970-s - Being in the marines he was sent to Rio de Janeiro.
1974 - Taught capoeira Angola in Belford Roxo in Rio.
1980 - In October founded the Grupo de Capoeira Angola Pelourinho in Rio.
1982 - Returned to Salvador to teach in the Santo Antônio fort.
Since 1993 M Moraes has recorded 6 CD-s and continues to teach in Bahia and in the exterior.