Jamie Morgan Bey - Master Capoeira

Capoeira de Angola

Jamie Morgan has been a practitioner of Capoeira de Angola for over thirty-five years. As a pioneer of the art, he started learning Capoeira in 1981, where he attended  the University Of California Los Angeles. He became a student/member of Mestres' Joao Grande, Moraes and Cobra Mania.

In 1996 he founded Grupo de Angola na Atlanta, developing students who are currently teaching throughout the United States, Canada and Africa.

Capoeira de Angola combines dance, music, theatre and ritual. During the Atlantic slave trade, capoeira traveled to Brazil-which has one of the largest African populations in the world - where it developed and was/is used as a tool of freedom and liberation. The Middle Passage, wrought havoc on the cultures and political states of Africa and led to the forced migration of millions of Africans to the Americas. They brought their languages, religions, philosophies and artistic expressions...Capoeira de Angola.

Capoeira de Angola is a traditional Afrikan art form. During the Atlantic slave trade Capoeira traveled to Brazil where it became an outlawed martial art. Law 487 forbidded the practice of Capoeira where death was the consequence. The government used the practitioners of Capoeira as front-line troops in the war against Paraguay, where over 65,000 African-Brazilians died. After the abolition of slavery in 1888 it still remained outlawed. Today Capoeira is a part of Brazilian society and practiced all around the world. This book is the fundamental history of the roots and how it flourished, with the African American Contribution. The untold true story!

Mestre Bey has traveled throughout Brazil, Africa & Asia, sharing and teaching Capoeira. He's also a former member of Well Being Foundation, an initiative building water wells in Kenya and Ethiopia. Currently, Jamie is co-founder of the EACH foundation for children, anchored in Tanzania.