- Voice Of Baceprot – often abbreviated as VOB – are an Indonesian all-girl rock band formed in Garut, West Java in 2014. Consisting of young hijab-wearing trio Firdda Marsya Kurnia (vocals and guitar), Widi Rahmawati (bass), and Euis Sitti Aisyah (drums), the word “baceprot” from their band name comes from the Sundanese language meaning “noisy”. It was chosen to represent the type of music that they play.
VOB began to turn heads when a video of the band performing a cover of a song by Rage Against The Machine in 2015 became popular on YouTube. The three-piece continued to produce more videos of them covering songs by their idols, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, and Slipknot, which garnered even more attention from both local and international media.
Besides their obvious prodigious musical talent, it was also the unique and contradictive combination of heavy rock/metal music and their wearing of the hijab that caught the eye of media from across the globe.
“Wearing a hijab has not been a hindrance for us so far as we attempt to chase our dreams of becoming musicians. We are free to express our creativity through rock music, while also fulfilling our responsibilities as Muslims,” says frontwoman Marsya.
VOB quickly went viral. When Guns N’ Roses held a concert at the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta in November 2018, the three band members were personally invited by its legendary guitarist Slash to meet him backstage. Further confirmation of their burgeoning reputation came via personal shout-outs from their idols Rage Against The Machine guitarist Tom Morello and Red Hot Chili Peppers bassist Flea on social media, along with Living Color guitarist Vernon Reid.