VOICE OF BACEPROT: Releases Official Music Video For “God, Allow Me (Please) to Play Music”

Indonesian hijab-wearing rock trio Voice Of Baceprot (VOB) released the music video to their ground-breaking single “God, Allow Me (Please) to Play Music”. It coincides with the International Day of the Girl, which is celebrated annually on October 11 and organized by international non-profit organization, Women of the World (WOW) Foundation.

Initially released on August 17, 2021, the theme to “God, Allow Me (Please) to Play Music” actually dovetails with the spirit behind the celebration: to achieve freedom of expression and aspiration for young women around the world without gender and racial discrimination; for young women to make life decisions without intolerance.

“From our personal standpoint, gender equality is when both women and men are given their rights as human beings to live, a proper education, harbour aspirations, and be given the freedom to fight for those aspirations,” says Marsya, the vocalist/guitarist of VOB.

“The lyrics to ‘God, Allow Me (Please) to Play Music’ are so powerful, with the main chorus speaking to us all about the struggle of being different and rising up, overcoming stereotypes, defying stigmas, and challenging false claims. Moreover, the lyrics inspire us to persevere in the fight against intimidation, to drive away past fears, and embrace freedom of expression,” tells Bona Palma, the director of the music video.

After several delays due to public activity restrictions (PPKM) because of an increase in COVID-19 cases, production of the music video was successfully carried out on September 16, 2021, inside a warehouse in Sunter, North Jakarta. The visual concept behind the music video was inspired by the symbolic meaning of the Samsara Circle.

“The circle of life describes the never-ending cycles of values, challenges, stigmas, and stereotypes that the band members have experienced just because they are unique and different,” Bona remarks.

The music video also features several young female activists who are affiliated with the WOW Foundation, including UK poets Zahra Ahmad and Rakaya Fetuga, UK punk band Breakup Haircut’s vocalist/guitarist, Ishani Jasmin, and WOW’s cultural producer Shereen Pereira. They appear carrying signboards to voice out their concerns and aspirations. One of Indonesia’s foremost female rappers Yacko made an appearance as well, along with outspoken feminist activist/singer Kartika Jahja, too.

Besides the music video, VOB’s involvement in the celebrations of the International Day of the Girl will be realized in the form of a virtual performance specially arranged for the event. More than 40 young female activists from around the world aged 11-19 years will be taking part in the gathering.

“Girl bands like VOB have a long heritage in creating music that challenge genres and break gender norms. They represent a new generation of young people who continue to oppose gender disparity and racism in the music industry!” states a representative from WOW Foundation.

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