In April 2016 it makes 50 years since the journey of Mestres Pastinha, Camaféu de Oxossi, Gato Preto, Roberto Satanás, Gildo Alfinete and João Grande to the Worldwide Festival of Black Arts in Dakar, Senegal.
The festival took place during 1-24 April 1966, but the master-angoleiros only flew there on 16th.
M Gildo Alfinete in M Zoião, 1999: «[M Pastinha] traveled to Africa and had a thrombosis which affected his sight. All the same, Mestre Pastinha participated on the show, stepping up playing atabaque. This was in the Black Arts Festival, where capoeira opened the show where I (Gildo Alfinete) and Mestre João Grande were participants.»
Location of the apresentation to 10000 people:
Friendship Stadium (opened in 1963, gained the name Stadium Demba Diop in 1985)
A TARDE (Salvador) - 19/04/1966
The angleiros posing for the photo on 16/04/1966.
CAPOEIRA IN THE BLACK ARTS FESTIVAL - Bahia will be represented on the Black Arts Festival which will take place in Dakar (Africa) by a group of capoeiristas, the most famous, chosen by Mestre Pastinha. The capoeiristas who appear on the photo are the following: Mestre Pastinha, Roberto Pereira (Satanaz), Mestre Gato, Gildo (Formado), Camafeu de Ochosse and João Grande. Mestre Pastinha will make a series of demonstrations. His students, today also instructors of capoeira Angola from Bahia, will perform for an internacional audience, which will be present at the Festival, organized by the president of Senegal, Mr Leopoldo Senghor in combination with Itamarati. As another atraction, capoeirista Camafeu de Ochossi will take with him an afro-brazilian recording, which has an accompaniment of berimbau and atabaques, registered officially by Itamarati and by the Afro-oriental Study Centre, with the authentic african music from Brazil, where Bahia is featured and has the most influence. The Bahian delegation before taking off was at the editorial office of A TARDE, an opportunity where it gave thanks to the Director Valdir Freitas de Oliveira, from Afro-oriental Study Centre, where they got the dimplomas, and managed the opportunity to show in a foreign country what Bahia has.