Women Drummers Break Barriers in Traditional Cuba Percussion

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

Technique and Taste

"In percussion it's not, as people sometimes think, all about strength and speed. It's a matter of technique and taste," said Raul Fernandez, a social scientist at the University of California, Irvine, who researches Cuban music. "Even among male percussionists, often one who plays with lots of vigor and speed doesn't play as well as one with better technique and taste."

(Photo: AP Photo/Franklin Reyes)

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