Ladainhas are used to start a Capoeira Angola Roda. They are often like mini poems that contain lessons about life or capoeira learned through the Roda. They are ended with a louvação honoring certain people, mestres, or ideas according to the intent of the singer. The first line of louvação's are often but not always "ie vive meu deus"
No pé do berimbau
Below is a ladainha of my own creation and inspiration.
"Foi no pé do berimbau
que aprendi rezar
ensinamentos do meu mestre
ainda posso lembrar
não cuspir no prato onde come
e pra sempre ser humilde
tem respeitar o inimigo
e o amigo abraçar
quem sabe não fala muito
quem não sabe fala demais
o pra ele agradeço tudo isso e muito maís
o meu mestre Mariano meu amigo e meu pai camara
ie viva meu Mestre"
It was at the foot of the berimbau
that I learned to pray
The teachings of my Mestre
I can still remember
Don't spit on the plate where your food comes from
and always be humble
You must respect your enemies
and love/hug/hold close your friends
He who knows doesn't talk too much
He who knows little can't shut their mouth.
For him I am grateful for all of this and much more
My Mestre Mariano, my friend and my father
Long live my Mestre