Mestre Marcelo Angola was born in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. He began practicing Capoeira Angola in August 1985, at Mestre Curio’s school located in Pelourinho, Salvador, Bahia. Pelourinho is the cradle and center of the Capoeira Angola world. Mestre Marcelo Angola received the title of trenel (trainer) in 1990; afterwards,in 1994, was named Contra-mestre; and finally, in 1999, he was recognized as Mestre.
Mestre Marcelo Angola, founded the Centro Cultural de Capoeira Angoleiros do Mar with its central base located at Barra Grande, in the island of Itaparica, Bahia, Brazil. He works with Capoeira Angola to preserve the values and traditional fundamentals of Capoeira Angola, both within and outside Brazil, giving priority always to the artistic and cultural aspects without compromising its characteristics.