Making berimbau

One thing that distinguish Capoeira from martial arts is the music. The capoeiristas need to know how to play music but also to make their instruments.

The main one, the berimbau, is a simple arced wooden stick with an iron string and a resonator. The wood used for it is mainly beriba but can be done out of other wood essences.

In Auroville the closest we found from beriba’s flexible and strength properties is the green bamboo.


For few Saturday, students of S. da India learned to make berimbau from the stick to the resonator with the help of the Auroville Bamboo Center.  They also learned the basics of playing the instruments.

© Auroville Capoeira 2013