Boduberu in the Maldives
Boduberu in the Maldives is the traditional music. Usually there is one lead singer and a band of 10 to 15 people, who sing in the chorus. As the song continues, the rhythm picks up and people come out of the chorus and dance to the music. The name refers to the instruments used, usually 3 or 4 drums made from hollowed coconut wood, which are covered on both ends with either manta ray skin or goat hide, plus a variety of other thumping / drumming instruments. The rhythm of the song builds until it reaches a frenzied crescendo. In the Maldives, it is one of the most popular forms of entertainment.
The Maldives folk dance of Boduberu is a tribal dance probably introduced to the Maldives by sailors from the surrounding Indian Ocean area. Some believe that it all started in the Maldives around 11th Century as a popular alternative to court music. Others believe it was brought to the Maldives in the early 19th century by African slaves.
Many of the holiday resorts will welcome you to their island at the beginning of your holiday with a traditional Boduberu band playing their music, dressed in costume. A bit of Maldives culture to start your time on the resort as you wait to go through the check-in procedure.
Most of the resorts in the Maldives will have a Maldivian night, in which there will be BoduBeru music and dance. At these evenings you will be encouraged to join the chorus, singing and clapping along to the music. You will also be encouraged to dance along with the group. The music is an important part of Maldivian culture.
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