Rani Taj

Born in England as Shahanara Taj, 18-year-old dhol player Rani Taj has quickly risen to become a YouTube viral hit after her version of Rihanna’s “Rude Boy” found its way to the internet. Her growing international fame has even led some to deem her the most popular dhol player in the world. The dhol — a double-headed drum that’s beaten with two wooden sticks and is popularly used in Punjabi Bhangra music — has historically been played by men. But Taj, having learned from experts Harjit Singh of Azaad Dhol and the Dhol Blasters, has broken this age-old tradition. Here she performs and explains how she creates the tantalizingly hypnotic beats.

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Official website: http://ranitajinternational.com

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