Editor’s Note: CNN is committed to covering gender inequality wherever it occurs in the world. This tale is an example of As Equals, a year-long series.
Arusha, Tanzania — Kasiva Mutua carefully unpacks her drums, placing them on the paving stones of a courtyard.
Shaded by a tree from Tanzania’s harsh midday sun she resolves, cross-legged behind them.
As she starts to play her eyes close as she loses herself in the rhythm.
This is a defiant act in Mutua’s native Kenya, where it’s taboo for women to drum.