Empowerment Through Music

Larissa Gabriele Rogerio and Víviam Caroline, center, play with Didá on the street outside Project Didá in Salvador’s historic neighborhood, Pelourinho. Photo credit: Stephanie Foden for The New York Time

“We’ve brought visibility to a group — black women — that have been historically marginalized here,” Ms. Queirós said. “We’ve feminized percussion here.”

The story of this female percussion group is one of empowerment. The New York Times published the article, They Told the Women in Bahia They Couldn’t Drum. Try Telling That to Banda Didá. This story is a must-read when thinking about the connection between art (music), resistance, and resilience.

Elena Aguilar shares this in Chapter 10: Play and Create of Onward: Art is a vehicle for connection and empathy; it combats loneliness, alienation, and dehumanization; and it helps us understand ourselves better. Creating art that does this is an act of political resistance against those who seek to divide us.

This women have found their voice through drumming…such a powerful form of art!