Sometimes you come across something on the net that makes you think, ‘hey, why did I not know about this??’ and ‘I feel physically ashamed for having not known about this.’
Voice of Baceprot is one of those things. If – like us a few minutes ago – you haven’t heard of them, here’s what you need to know. VoB are a thrash metal band from Indonesia comprised of schoolgirls Firdda Kurnia (vocals and guitar), Euis Siti Aisyah (drums) and Widi Rahmawati (bass). They are the leading lights in up and coming genre HIJABICORE.
The Guardian recently posted a video about the trio, and it features a quick edit of the girls’ various face-melting live shows:
It doesn’t take a detective to see that Voice of Baceprot aren’t your typical metal band. Some critics reckon Metal and Islam don’t mix, especially if young girls are involved. But Firdda, the band’s lead singer, isn’t having any of it.
‘We can play metal and protect our morals. Of course Islam and metal can match. Why not?’ she told the Guardian. ‘Metal is a just a genre of music. The problem is it is often associated with bad things, but it doesn’t have to be.’
As for headbanging and hijabs, Firdda had this to say in May this year: ‘Wearing a hijab should not be a barrier to the group’s pursuit of its dream of being heavy metal stars…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,’
To that we say, rock on.
Here’s a clip of VoB performing on what looks like the evening news in Indonesia: