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Indonesian female heavy-metal group breaks limitations

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Firdda Kurnia, Eusi Siti Aisyah, and Widi Rahmawati all grew up as the daughters of poor farmers in rural West Java, a conservative region of Indonesia. Prior to attending a music class in 2014, the girls had never even heard of heavy metal music.

But that’s when their middle school teacher, Ahba Erza, played them “Toxicity” by System of a Down—and they immediately became hooked on heavy metal.

Erza, who is now their band manager, taught the girls how to play instruments. The youngsters formed a band the very same year and dubbed themselves Voice of Baceprot, which translates to “noise” in their traditional Sudanese language.

Despite having to endure harassment and criticism from the more conservative side of the Indonesia, the Voice of Baceprot has played across the nation’s most popular stages.

“They say my music is forbidden by my religion,” she recalled to NPR. “I’m a different musician because I’m a woman, and I play metal music, but I’m wearing hijab. Hijab is my identity, OK?”

Kurnia added that her own parents had originally forbade her from playing heavy metal. As Voice of Baceprot secretly became more and more locally famous, however, her parents became proud of her passion.

Source : GNN

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