Women Drummers Break Barriers in Traditional Cuba Percussion

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  • A Boy's Club No More
  • Held Back by Religion and Bias
  • Into the Unknown
  • An Increase in Women Drummers
  • Technique and Taste
  • A Wave of Change

Held Back by Religion and Bias

Prior to this renaissance, women were believed to be too weak for the physical demands of drumming. Men also shut women out from participating due to the art form’s religious background. The sacred, two-sided “bata” drums, in particular, were historically meant for men percussionists only. 

(Photo: AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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