This 8-Year-Old Drumming A Led Zeppelin Song Will Leave You Slack-Jawed
This little girl made Led Zeppelin's lead vocalist want to work with her!
Raise your hands up if you’ve heard Led Zeppelin’s ‘Good Times Bad Times’ and believe that John Bonham’s drumming bit is super tough to replicate. We did too! Many people have attempted their hands at it and failed. But one of Led Zeppelin’s youngest fans is showing just how it’s done.
At just 8, the young Yoyoka Soma can effortlessly play ‘Good Times Bad Times’ and has been stumping people over with her amazeballs performances.
The little Japanese drum prodigy joined the 2018 Hit Like A Girl drum contest and uploaded her cover of the famous Led Zeppelin song, only to stump people with her amazing performance.
She plays the piece precisely and powerfully, impressing even professional drummers. Don’t believe us? Take a look at this video she recently uploaded in her YouTube channel.
Soma began playing the drums when she was only two!
Soma is part of a family band called Kaneaiyoyoka and began performing live when she was just four-years-old. By that time, she had already performed on more than 100 stages!
But as it turns out, the Led Zeppelin’s youngest fan also plays the keyboard and performs as a vocalist. To top it off, she is also a lyricist and composer.
And even though this multi-talented artist can pretty much everything (literally), she still prefers the drums; and dreams of being the best drummer in the world.
Ask her who her favourite drummers are and the only names you’ll hear her share would be John Bonham (obviously), Chris Coleman, and Benny Greb.
It’s a surprise then that Led Zeppelin’s youngest fan hasn’t yet won any major competitions. But one thing’s for sure. She certainly has won the hearts of the people who’ve watched her awesome performances!
Even Led Zeppelin’s very own lead singer and lyricist, Robert Plant, commended the young fan’s performance!
“I know where she can get a good job,” he told a daily, hinting that he wants to work with the young drummer.
When asked about what the late John Bonham would have thought of the video, he retorted, “I think he’d be amazed; I think he’d be so chuffed.”
But Soma is not the only child prodigy you should look out for. Take a look at some of the other amazeball Asian performers who’ve been making all the right noises.
1. Chen Anke
The five-year-old piano prodigy from China blew the audiences’ socks off with her performance on the show, Little Big Shots!
She also impressed the show’s host, Steve Harvey. “This little star takes music to a whole new level of genius,” he said. “We’ve never seen anything like this before in the history of Little Big Shots.”
Chen started playing at the tender age of three and since then, her performance videos have only gained more fame in China.
The young singer dreams of becoming a piano master some day and it looks like she is not too far from achieving them. All thanks to her dedication and discipline. “I practice every day – there’s never a day when I don’t practice,” as she shares.
2. Celine Tam
The 10-year-old Hong Kong singer Celine Tam started slaying in children’s singing contests from the age of four. Her vocal coach and father, Steve Tam, saw the talent in her and started training her from the age of three.
She recently made waves when she auditioned in the 12th season of America’s Got Talent where she sang a cover of Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On,” a singer who she has been named after.
Her powerful voice left the judges and audience awestruck. She even received a standing ovation for her performance! The cute child prodigy has even appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show where she performed “How Far I’ll Go” from Disney’s Moana.
But her biggest achievement so far was a personal invitation from Celine Dion herself.
The famous Titanic singer congratulated Tam on an amazing job on America’s Got Talent. She wrote, “If ever you and your family are in Las Vegas I would love for you to be guests at my show!”
3. Yang Tae-hwan
If you have watched the closing ceremony of Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games, you might have seen Tae-hwan’s guitar performance. He played a rock rendition of Vivaldi’s “Winter” from The Four Seasons and had people go crazy over his skills.
The 13-year-old real-life guitar hero has his own YouTube channel where he uploads her guitar covers from K-pop to Michael Jackson.
Could he be the next Sungha Jung? You decide when you watch his performance at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in the video above!