Hijabi rock band in Indonesia is breaking all stereotypes

(“Voice of Baceprot” or “Noisy Voice”)

With their heads covered with Islamic headscarves, the three members of the Indonesian band VoB (“Voice of Baceprot” or “Noisy Voice”) do not look like your typical heavy metal group.

Formed in 2014, the band of teenagers met at school in Indonesia’s most populous province of West Java, and use their music to combat the stereotype of Muslim women as submissive or videos.

(L-R) Firdda Kurnia, Euis Siti Aisyah, and Widi Rahmawati, members of the metal hijab band Voice of Baceprot walk before they pray at a mosque in Garut, Indonesia, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Yuddy Cahya

(L-R) Firdda Kurnia, Euis Siti Aisyah, and Widi Rahmawati, members of the metal hijab band Voice of Baceprot walk before they pray at a mosque in Garut, Indonesia, May 14, 2017. REUTERS/Yuddy Cahya

Invited to perform at a recent graduation ceremony at another school, the trio quickly had fans dancing and head-banging at the front of the stage.

“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 added.

This isn’t the first time Muslim women are challenging stereotypes through the expression of music and art. Mona Haydar is another woman from the Middle East who raps about the hijab and aims for inclusivity in her music videos, trying to put in women from all races and nationalities in them. This form of expression is great and is helping to get the message across: not all stereotypes about Muslim women portrayed on TV are correct.

The girls use their music to fight gender inequality prevalent, especially, in Islamic nations which requires and ordains a Muslim women to be submissive. But at the same time they do not want to ‘diminish their obligation of covering their body and wearing a hijab’.

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