Salvador, the north-eastern Brazilian city, is famous for its Afro-Brazilian drumming traditions. the internationally acclaimed bloco-afro band Olodum is made up almost entirely of men, as tradition. But traditions change. Or actually, traditions are changed. By women like the ones that make up Banda Didá, a group composed exclusively of black women, pounding out those same Afro-Brazilian rhythms, filling up Salvador’s night with its old sounds, played by new hands. Banda Didá is a unique musical group breaking gender boundaries in the capital of Bahia, the state that is the epicentre of Brazil’s African cultural infusion. “Until Didá, no one here played like us,” said one of the band’s leaders and longest-serving members, Viviam Caroline de Jesus Queirós. Formed in 1993, the band was believed to be the first all-female bloco-afro in Brazil. “We’ve brought visibility to a group — black women — that have been historically marginalized here,” Ms. Queirós said. “We’ve feminized percussion here.” "This is the place where I found myself,” said Maiana Santos Bonfim, another young member of the band. “It's where I learned to accept myself, my hair, my body, my race. And I just love playing drums.”
The world is a strange and wondrous place. People live entire lives that we couldn’t possibly hope to understand. And eight of those people are now in a Japanese pop-idol group that exists toextoll the virtues of mysterious-to-most-of-us cryptocurrencies like bitcoin. Virtual Currency Girls, the aforementioned J-pop group, made their debut for an audience of about 20 people earlier this year in Tokyo. The members of the group wear frilly French maid dresses and lucha libre masks, and each member represents a different form of cryptocurrency such as Monacoin and the ever-popular Bitcoin. You’ll only be able to buy their concert tickets and merch using bitcoin, and members’ salaries are also paid in bitcoin, but they hope to be paid in each of their represented currencies eventually. Their debut single is called “The Moon, Cryptocurrency, And Me,” and it includes this lyric, in Japanese: “Be careful about your password! Don’t use the same one!”. They do it because they really love the technology and want to share their love and educate, introducing the world of cryptocurrencies to many.
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