During my trip to Brazil, I spent three weeks in Salvador, Bahia. Located in the northeast of Brazil, Bahia is the sixth richest state, is . I choose Salvador, because modern capoeira traces its roots to this part of Brazil, traditionally caled the Recôncavo region of Bahia (which includes Salvador and the area surrounding the Bay of all Saints). Much of the popular songs in capoeira are about this region. Many of the elder Mestres are also from this region. Furthermore, Bahia has the largest concentration of African descendants in the Americas
As common through out Brazil, there is a big divide between the rich and the poor. The demographics of the poor population is composed mostly of black Brazilians. What makes Salvador unique is the strong presence of African heritage within the population. Some of the more common expression of this heritage is done trough religion (candomblé), music/dance (Samba), and games (Capoeira). One of the key parts of this process of maintaining the cultural heritage is creating cultural projects in the poor communities.