Voice of Baceprot: Malaysia’s all-woman, hijab-wearing heavy metal band
Voice of Baceprot is a hard-driving heavy metal band made up of three hijab-wearing Muslim teenaged women who met at school in West Java, Malaysia, and whose rocking out is designed to "combat the stereotype of Muslim women as submissive or voiceless."
Malaysia is not a well-governed nation: between institutionalized homophobia, authoritarian censorship, and rampant corruption, it has a lot of problems.
But despite — or because? — of this, it has an astounding music and subculture scene. From vintage pop to literally my favorite female vocalist in the world to an amazing metal scene, Malaysia is a musical powerhouse.
Metal has been targeted for crackdowns in Malaysia, but that was a decade ago, and now the country appears to be going through a renaissance. VoB is a welcome return to Malaysian metal dominance!
Wearing a hijab, or Islamic headscarf, should not be a barrier to the group’s pursuit of its dream of being heavy metal stars, says Firdda Kurnia, 16, who plays guitar and sings.
“I think gender equality should be supported, because I feel I am still exploring my creativity, while at the same time, not diminishing my obligations as a Muslim woman,” she adds.
Invited to perform at a recent graduation ceremony at another school, the trio quickly had fans dancing and headbanging at the front of the stage.
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