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These badass women are taking over the traditionally male-dominated art of taiko drumming

Correspondent April Aliermo meets Raging Asian Women to try taiko drumming and find out what it means to some powerful women.

Discover the athleticism and drive behind Raging Asian Women

Correspondent April Aliermo meets Raging Asian Women to try taiko drumming and find out what it means to some powerful women. 4:18

Taiko drums have been around for a long time (like, centuries). And learning how to make powerful percussive music with the instrument takes a lot of dedicated training. The process is physical, mental and demanding. So the athleticism and drive behind Toronto's Raging Asian Women Taiko Drummers is nothing to shake a stick at (yes, that was a pun).

In this video, you get to learn a little bit about why learning taiko has been a transformative process for the women of RAW. And becoming a fierce presence in a form of music that, for a time, was thought to be a male-dominated genre, is a show of strength in itself.

(CBC Arts)

Follow Raging Asian Women Taiko here (and do some bicep curls).

Watch CBC Arts: Exhibitionists online or on CBC Television. Tune in Friday nights at 12:30am (1am NT) and Sundays at 3:30pm (4pm NT).

About the Author

April Aliermo

April Aliermo is a Filipinx-Canadian musician, songwriter, entrepreneur and educator based out of Toronto. She plays bass and co-writes music and lyrics for Hooded Fang and Phèdre. She strives to build conscious communities while having the time of her life.

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