Zum Zum Zum - Capoeira song (Brazil)

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Posted by Alessandrobrs
March 01, 2009

Video Summary:
This is an audio file with a slide show of Capoeira photographs. The English translation of the phrase "Capoeira mata um" is "Capoeira kills one (someone). These words praise the alertness and strength of thos who are skilled in Capoeira.

There are numerous YouTube videos of "Zum Zum Zum". There are also a number of different versions of the song "Zum Zum Zum". The version in this video is most familiar in the United States, thanks to the 2000 Mazda car commercials. This sound file is from the 1993 Capoeira movie "Only The Strong". http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Only_the_Strong provides information about that movie. The complete movie is posted on multiple YouTube videos. .

The comment section of another video (sound file) video of "Zum Zum Zum" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOUmRNnTBP0 contains a number of Portuguese transcriptions of that song with English translations. Also, see the comment below for transcriptions.

Here are two comments from that http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOUmRNnTBP0 video:

yoo i hate when people say thats from the movie ONLY THE STRONG and from the mazda commercial.... that song has been around for more than 150 years...
- malandrodenwk; 2009

….They say " Capoeira mata um" and the zoom zoom zoom, hes not reffering to a knife, but to a "maribondo" which is a large brazilian fly that at times can be dangerous...
- malandrodenwk 2009

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Also, here's an explanation of the song "zum zum zum" from this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=creOWJGnowo *

...zoom zoom zoom capoeira kills one. Its played when someone is about to get in trouble. the zoom means the sound of the berimbau and the sound of the fast kicks...
- rezZZzz, 2009

*That sound file also ends with the a short clip of the very popular capoiera song "Paranaue".

1 comment

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As is the case with all folk songs, there are multiple versions of the Capoeira song "Zum Zum Zum". Here are two English language versions of that song. (Click the website address to read the Portuguese language versions of these songs) :

ZUM ZUM ZUM (Version #1)
Zum, zum, zum
Zum, zum, zum,
Capoeira kills one!
Zum, zum, zum,
Capoeira kills one!

Where there is a wasp
There is a zum, zum, zum
Where there is a wasp
There is a zum, zum, zum
http://www.capsprings.com/Music/Lyrics.aspx

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Here's another version of "Zum Zum Zum" from http://www.capsprings.com/Music/Lyrics.aspx :

ZUM ZUM ZUM (Version #2)
Zum zum zum
Capoeira kills one [someone]
Zum zum zum
Capoeira kills one

Look I will sing
Who wants [to] can listen
Who wants [to] can say no
Who wants [to] can say yes
I am thankful for the slavery
Who wants [to] may think it's stupid
But without the slave would not exist Capoeira

Zoom zoom zoom capoeira kills someone
Zoom zoom zoom capoeira kills someone

Carefull with the old black
Can he hurt
Cause in the slavery time,
They just played with the foot in the air

Zoom zoom zoom
Zoom zoom zoom
Capoeira kills someone
Zoom zoom zoom
Capoeira kills someone

The child of my boss
Went to school to study
But the pencil of the slave
Was in the sugarcane fields

Zoom zoom zoom
Zoom zoom zoom
Capoeira kills someone
Zoom zoom zoom
Capoeira kills someone
Kills one, two kills and kills three

If I Had a berimbau
I would kill all in one time

Zoom zoom zoom
Zoom zoom zoom
Capoeira kills someone
Zoom zoom zoom
Capoeira kills someone

Saint Anthony Little
is my patron saint
Big guy you do not scare me
I am expert in Capoeira

Zoom zoom zoom
Zoom zoom zoom
Capoeira kills someone
Zoom zoom zoom
Capoeira kills someone
http://capoeira4all.org/songs/index.php?id=87

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