Through the Lens: Life and Politics in Asia

Indonesia’s Heavy Metal Hijab-Clad Teens

These girls rock, fighting stereotypes with music.

Three Muslim teens in Indonesia are taking on religious conservatives who think hijab-wearing women must be quiet, submissive, and shy. When the three jam as “Voice of Baceprot” at concerts across the country, they prove they can be loud, much louder than the others — both literally and figuratively.

The Diplomat caught up with them at their rehearsal recently in Jakarta. Vocalist and guitarist Firdda, bassist Widi, and drummer Euis spoke about their journey into the world of heavy music in the world’s largest Muslim-majority nation.