In the last part of the “CAPOEIRA WAS NOT CREATED IN A VACUUM” PAGE, I posted a video playlist that featured a few videos from a organization called, “The Bantu Project.”

I would like to introduce to you the man who created the bantu project, Mestre Roxinho.


Edielson da Silva Miranda, known as Mestre Roxinho, was born in 1969 in Ilha de Veracruz, Bahia. He is a Master of Capoeira Angola and the first Master of Capoeira Angola from Bahia to have established a registered School of Capoeira  Angola, Escola de Capoeira Angola Mato Rasteiro (ECAMAR), in Australia.

He has dedicated his life to sharing the healing art of Capoeira Angola and using it as a social cohesion tool to empower marginalized youth from indigenous and refugee backgrounds through Project Bantu. The program is now run in Australia and the Asia-Pacific area, and also in North Carolina, U.S.A..


Recently, (June 18, 2022) My teacher Charles Williams had a conversation with Mestre Roxinho through ZOOM, where he candidly talks about his new book, Ginga de Resilência: Capoeira Angola Para Além Da Roda”. (Ginga of Resilience: Capoeira Angola For Beyond The Roda)

The book centers on the use of Capoeira Angola as an instrument for positive transformation in the lives of children, youth, and their communities. This book has been a long and special journey for Mestre Roxinho and now he is ready to share it with the world.

If you are interested in the book, for a limited time only, Mestre Roxinho will be doing a PRE-SALE of the book for a lowered price of $45 AUD, which will help with the book getting printed.If you’d like to participate in this special offer, you can send payment via paypal at

This conversation was a part of our Juneteenth celebration and healing weekend that we had this year (2022).

I’m not gonna go into detail, but it truly was a MAGICKAL weekend.

Now, here are some professional resources for supporting those with metal health issues, as well as links to Mestre Roxinho’s ongoing and future projects. NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness): The nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to educating, advocating, supporting, and building better lives for the millions of individuals & families affected by mental illness. Headspace is the National Youth Mental Health Foundation. Since 2006 they provide early intervention mental health services to 12-25-year-olds in over 145 communities across Australia, our online and phone counseling services, our vocational services, and our presence in schools. Clinica Apice Located in Salvador da Bahia, specializing in mental health, with an interdisciplinary proposal and a project built from the dialogue between professionals, patients and their families.


Project Bantu is a non-profit, that effectively works with children and young people utilizing the music, movements and play of Capoeira Angola as well as other cultural activities as tools for empowerment helping young people overcome poverty, trauma, as well as other complex behaviors that are rooted in violence or brought about by social inequality. If you want to know more about Mestre Roxinho and his work, or would like to make a donation, please go to his websites:,,

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