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..
I can type more about his work, but a picture (or a video) is worth a thousand words, so I’m posting this documentary about Mestre Roxinho and his life, along with the video description, so you can see and FEEL more about his work.
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.
This conversation was a part of our Juneteenth celebration and healing weekend that we had this year (2022).
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.
https://nami.org/Home: 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.
https://www.namiurbanla.org/resourcesHeadspace: 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.
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: