In Ghana, the polyrhythmic drum-driven musical style known as takada is a woman's cry to freedom. "To be a composer or drummer among the Anlo-Ewe people of Ghana was something reserved for men," explains Corina Fitch, drummer, dancer, professional midwife, and the director of the Takada Women's Ensemble. "But in Ewe culture, drumming is the prime method of communication, so they were denied free speech by not being allowed to play the drums." In the 1950s, a group of women clandestinely created takada, telling the community that they wouldn't cook, clean, or care for their children until they were allowed to play it publicly. "The strike lasted about half a day," laughs Fitch. "The men relented soon enough when they realized how much work the women did." The... More >>>