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Q: Paranaue-parana ( Answered 4 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Paranaue-parana
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Music
Asked by: apteryx-ga
List Price: $3.42
Posted: 19 Apr 2003 01:06 PDT
Expires: 19 May 2003 01:06 PDT
Question ID: 192597
What does "paranaue-parana" mean?  I know it's a call in capoeira
music.  But what are the words, and do they mean something?

How about "sim-sim-sim"?

Subject: Re: Paranaue-parana
Answered By: juggler-ga on 19 Apr 2003 01:45 PDT
Rated:4 out of 5 stars

"Paraná is a river in Brazil."
source: lyrics page, hosted by

"Paraná is the state and river marking the border between Brazil and
source:  "Songs Lyrics," hosted by

Some people translate Paraná as "river," but most don't translate it
at all because it's the name of a particular river.

"Paraná é Paraná é Paraná" 
"It's the river Paraná It's the river, it's the river"

"Paranau é, Paranau é, Paraná"
"Paranau is, Paranau is, Paraná "
source: Capoeira Lyrics, hosted by


The lyrics "sim sim sim" mean "yes yes yes."

"O sim, sim, sim--O yes, yes, yes "
source: Capoeira Lyrics, hosted by

"Oi sim sim sim  Oi yes yes yes"

search strategy
"paranaue parana"
"paranau e parana"
"parana is" river
"sim sim sim", "yes yes yes"

I hope this helps.
apteryx-ga rated this answer:4 out of 5 stars
Good work, Juggler.  Thank you.  I did search this one myself, but all
I found were the words, not a translation.

A bonus answer might have given me something about *why* those are
such common Capoeira lyrics, but I didn't ask that specifically.


Subject: Re: Paranaue-parana
From: juggler-ga on 19 Apr 2003 17:13 PDT
>A bonus answer might have given me something about *why* those are
>such common Capoeira lyrics, but I didn't ask that specifically.

I'm sorry that you were disappointed. If you had asked that question,
I might have tried to find something on that subject.

Best regards,

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