Ambassadors

Aine Fujioka – Japan

Drummer • Yoga instructor • founder of “Beats de Roots” • Committee Member of Women In Music Japan • Organiser of “Okaeri Projekt” Born in Hiroshima, Japan, Aine Fujioka moved to the United States at the age of nineteen to study drums and jazz composition at the renowned Berklee College of Music in Boston. Since…

Beth Nzakwa Musyim – Kenya

21-year old Beth Nzakwa Musyim lives in Nairobi, Kenya. Currently an International Relations student at Daystar University, Beth started playing drums in high school. As her passion, knowledge and drumming skills grew she was asked to play for the Mamlaka Hill Chapels in Nairobi and Ruaka. Through her drumming, Beth hopes to encourage young musicians to…

Cana dela Cruz – Southeast Asia

Cana Dela Cruz is an independent drummer and a singer-songwriter from the Philippines. Driven by her passion for music, she joined the international contest “Hit Like A Girl” this year where she won under the >18 category for the Southeast Asia regionals. As an artist, one of her goals is to be a part of…

Cintia Concia – Latin America

Cintia Concia is a songwriter, activist, and drummer of the independent band “Rockwell Road”. Born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina but now living in Mexico, she has visited more than 1000 schools in Latin America with her NGO “Volver a Soñar” using music to help girls and boys in vulnerable situations. In 2019, Cintia founded…

Deborah “Debby” Oladipupo – Nigeria

Oladipupo “Debby” Deborah is the Hit Like A Girl Diplomat for Nigeria. “Deekit”, as she is fondly called, is a drummer who is known for her strength and smile behind the drums. A graduate of the polytechnic Ibadan Ibadan, she never relents in the pursuit of knowledge and skill with respect to the music profession…

Georgia Challinor – UK

Georgia Challinor is a drummer from Brighton, England. In addition to playing for Ben Langford-Biss, Georgia is becoming the “go to” drum tech for many established drummers and bands in the UK music scene. Georgia started drumming at the age of eight after playing on a friends kit and instantly fell in love. She found found…

Ksenia Samoilova – Middle East

I was born in a small city in central Russia. Although there were no musicians in my family, I was always interested in music, art and dance. However, it wasn’t until I was working on my Civil Engineering degree at university that I felt the calling to be a drummer. I began studying with the…

Leyan Senay – Turkey

Leyan Senay is an independent drummer based in Turkey. She was born in Belgium and her first instrument was piano. She has been playing with a lot of different bands, in different genres. She has been teaching drums for 2 years. Nowadays she is making conceptual drum videos for Instagram & YouTube. Her passion for…

Liliane “Lyle” Nakobo – Côte d’Ivoire

Lyle, whose full African name is Liliane Nakobo, is a young woman from the Ivory Coast. Passionate about music, she’s a drummer, sound designer, beatmaker and voice acting coach. Lyle says that it is through rhythms and sounds, encounters and sharing, that she strives to keep the tempo of her daily life. 

Liz Yurina – Russia

Up-and-coming Russian drummer Liz Yurina didn’t start drumming until her late teens, which is a bit later than most players. However, the now 20-something has certainly made up for lost time. With the combination of her natural musical and physical talents, her intelligence and perseverance plus her incredibly adventurous spirit, Liz is not only a…

Maneswita – India

Maneswita is a Multi-instrumentalist, Composer and Drum educator from India. She’s greatly influenced by Rock, Blues, Jazz, World and Indian music. Having been performing on stage since the age of 7, she has participated in various music competitions and performed at several places around India and abroad, as a drummer, guitarist and vocalist. She is…

Marcy Kimanzi – Kenya

Based in Nairobi, Kenya, Marcy Kimanzi was a finalist in Hit Like A Girl X and was the first African to win an award in the contest. She has performed with Esther Wahome, a Kenyan gospel artist, Mufasa the Poet, the all-female percussion group Motra Music and the Great African Caravan, which features artists from…

Maria la Marimbera – Latin America

Maria La Marimbera is a Colombian percussionist, researcher, teacher and composer with training in Latin percussion, traditional percussion and academic percussion. She studied symphonic and contemporary percussion at the Conservatory of the National University of Colombia and has a Master’s degree in Colombian music from the El Bosque University. She has also studied independently with…

Mariya Tikhonov – France

When I was a young girl, I wanted to play the drums but they seemed to be reserved solely for men. Every concert I watched I saw a man on drums and every band I listened to I heard a man on drums. Of course there were a handful of female drummers at the time…

Miriam Namuyodi – Tanzania

Originally from Uganda but currently mobilizing in Tanzania, Miriam Namuyodi is a drummer and music educator who specializes in teaching and playing Rhythm, Body Percussion and Drums. Miriam started her drumming journey in church but currently plays many different genres in many musical settings, including performances with Catherine Kusasira (Uganda), Damien Soul (Tanzania) and Alifchief (Brunei)…

Moty Baketas – Latin America

Natalia Miranda (Moty Baketas) es una baterista de Hermosillo, Sonora, que ahora vive en la Ciudad de México. Actualmente, como parte del proyecto de Yamaha México “She’s Got The Groove”, está jugando con Salmerón, Silent Lune, Mint Parker y MonteCoral, por mencionar algunos. Natalia Miranda (aka Moty Baketas) is a drummer from Hermosillo, Sonora who…

Noriko Terada – Japan

Born in Japan, Noriko Terada started her musical life with the piano at the age of 3. Later, at the age of 11, she began playing percussion which she quickly fell in love with. Noriko has become internationally known for her percussion recordings for hugely popular video games Final Fantasy XV, Final Fantasy XIII-3 and Chrono Cross Official Live.  As a…

Paula Perrella – Latin America

Paula Perrella is an Argentinian drummer, percussionist, composer and teacher. Her dance groove, versatility and minimalist set-up have become her trademark and opened doors for her as a session drummer with bands and musicians of many styles. Paula studied with top Argentinian drummer Andrea Álvarez among others. She has played in Mexico and throughout Central…

Pauline Roberts – Latin America

Pauline Roberts is a 22 year old percussionist, singer, composer and educator from Buenos Aires, Argentina. She won a grant from the National Arts Foundation commissioning new compositions for vibraphone and electronics, traveled twice as a scholar in Malletlab’s course in Florida, performed as the youngest in the Ciclo de Música Contemporánea and was a…

Priscilla Amgee – Ghana

Priscilla Amgee is a drummer and business tycoon from Ghana. 🇬🇭She is very passionate about music and plays the drums and keyboards. Businesswise, she is a marketer and sells cars.

Salma Mahmoud – Sudan

Salma Fadlalla Omar Mahmoud a is a percussionist, facilitator and educator from Sudan. She is currently studying music and live audio engineering. Salma co-founded Drum Circle Sudan with Ahmed Homaida to spread drumming culture. She and Ahmed are also working to create an educational video series about African instrument building (funded by Music in Africa…

TopSticks – Africa

TopSticks (Temitope Odebiyi) is an award-winning drummer from Nigeria and the Hit Like A Girl Ambassador for Africa. She cites Sheila E, Steve Smith, Dave Weckl, Chester Thompson, Calvin Rodgers, K Sticks among her influences. As a drummer, percussionist, life coach and Inspirational speaker, she has received multiple college degrees and numerous local and international…

Vera Figueiredo – Brazil

“From behind the drum set, Vera Figueiredo takes her audience from the Brazilian rainforest into the clubs and concert halls of the world. Jaws dropped at her unique presence, approach, and distinctive licks.” (T. Bruce Wittet, Modern Drummer Magazine). Nominated by Rhythm Magazine as the “Queen of Samba”, Vera has been a leading ambassador for…