Yoyoka Soma is a Japanese drum prodigy who was a recent guest on Ellen DeGeneres’ daytime talk show. The nine-year-old rocked a version of Foo Fighters’ ‘The Pretender’ with a surprise appearance by Dave Grohl.
Yoyoka spoke of her love for Grohl’s drumming and loves his “heavy groove” behind the kit. Loudwire reports that the prodigy then performed the Foo Fighters hit and received a standing ovation from the enthused audience!
Dave Grohl appeared via a video message and said to Yoyoka, “I’ve seen you play ‘The Pretender’ before and you’re amazing. So keep it up because the world needs more drummers.”
Watch the clip in full below.
During the chat, Yoyoka’s interpreter informed Ellen that the young musician started playing the drums when she was only two-years-old, but said laughing “She doesn’t read music because she’s lazy.”
She was a drumming entry in the seventh annual Hit Like a Girl global drumming competition for female percussionists,
The purpose of the contest is to spotlight female drummers/percussionists and encourage drumming and lifelong musicianship for girls and women, regardless of age or playing level. Check out the video, her footwork is superb.
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