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

Into the Unknown

"I threw myself into the unknown,” Eva Despaigne, the 60-year-old director of Obini Bata, told AP. Despaigne leads Cuba's first all-female bata orchestra (pictured), which takes its name from the Yoruban word for woman. As a young Afro-Cuban folkloric dancer, she gradually convinced male batistas (bata players) to allow her to play the bata not for religion, but to expand her development as an artist. (Photo: AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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