Capoeira angola is one of the many cultural weapons used to break the chains of enslavement in Brazil. Music was played during capoeira sessions to teach the rhythmic heart of the art and to mask its power. In front of slave masters it looked like playfulness, acrobatic dancing, and joking around. Eventually the enslavers realized its power and outlawed capoeira angola. Death was the penalty if you were caught during the slavery years. For almost 400 years capoeira angola was taught and practiced in secret. Only in the 1930s did this African art become legal to teach and practice.