Music and Dance of Maldives

You will experience the energetic culture of the Maldives as you enjoy the local folk performances and music.
The term ‘bodu beru’ means a big drum, and it lends its name to the well-known music and dance form of the Maldives. The tourist resorts arrange performances of this dance for local culture nights, and it can be quite gripping. There are 4 to 6 drummers in a group, and the hum has distinctive African influences. Modern rock bands often perform at the resorts, where they do covers of the old favorites. While performing for a home audience, they incorporate elements of bodu beru in their music, with lots of extended drum solos and percussion.
Although such performances of traditional dance and music are not everyday events, the Dhivehi culture is adaptive and strong in spite of various foreign influences, ranging from Oriental martial arts and Hindi movies, to Muslim fundamentalism and Michael Jackson. Pop music, Western fashions, and international videos are in evidence in the capital, but during public occasions, the local celebrations have a markedly Maldivian touch and the vibrant culture of the Maldives is clearly evident.