Obini Bata, Cuba’s first all-women drum orchestra (and possibly the first women-only bata band in the world), playing an instrument barred to women by religious tradition in Cuba.

According to the Afro-Cuban religion of Santeria, only men can play bata drums because it is considered a sacred instrument used during religious ceremonies to communicate with the gods.

“Religious people, at the beginning, told us that we were violating or lacking respect for the religion, and although it is difficult to eradicate any kind of discrimination, (we) know that in the future there are more women who (will) follow our steps.” says one of the members of the group.

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