Pelé is the king of soccer. The Gracie family rules in the Brazilian jiu-jitsu world. In the universe of capoeira, the Afro-Brazilian martial art, the big name is Manuel dos Reis Machado, aka Mestre Bimba. Born in 1900 and deceased in 1974, Bimba codified the fight, developed a learning method, introduced new elements, such as the uniform (white t-shirt and pants), performed for the governor of Bahia and president Getúlio Vargas and, this way, gained respect for a martial art till then illegal.
There are very few images of Bimba practicing capoeira, playing berimbau and giving interviews. These are some of them:
This is the full version of 2007 film “Mestre Bimba, a Capoeira Iluminada”:
And here a small excerpt of the documentary “Mandinga em Manhattan”, where he plays berimbau with Charlie “Bird” Parker’s band.
Check also the other posts about capoeira on Deep Brazil.