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The Independent Culture
Sir: Your picture caption refers to the Japanese drummers Wadaiko Yamato as specialists in "traditional" taiko drumming (18 May). While it is safe to say that taiko drums have played a central role in Japanese traditional music, the genre taiko (also referred to as wadaiko and kumi-daiko), has its origins in the 1950s.


Centre for Music Studies

School of Oriental and African Studies,

University of London