The Bodu Beru - Bring out the Drums!
Maldives’ tourism is built largely on its natural wonders – the azure waters, the amazing marine life, the wonderful luxurious resorts – but another side to the country’s allure is its culture. While in the Maldives, aside from hopping into the sea and swim all day, take a day or two to explore land-based attractions. You’re in for a pleasant surprise.
One of the experiences I highly recommend for your holiday in the Maldives is the Bodu Beru, a popular form of folk music ad dance found in the inhabited islands of the country. Literally “Big Drums” in Dhivehi, the Bodu Beru is a reminder of Maldives multi-ethnical influences with strong roots from East Africa. The main instrument used is – you guessed it – drums made out of coconut wood and ray skins. Typically, around a dozen men will sit on the floor in varying formation, but the main drummer almost always sits in the middle, setting the tempo with his big drum and leading the rest of the musicians. The dance is very fluid and almost feels improvised; despite that, somehow all the dancers will move in unison to the beating of the drums, whist singing along in Dhivehi. If you’re lucky enough to watch a live performance, don’t be shy, join in to clap and dance!
If you’re curious about traditional Maldivian music but don’t know where to catch a performance, my team will gladly suggest a few!