EXPERIENCE SPIRITED “BODU BERU” PERFORMANCE DURING DINNER
Overview:An integral part of Maldivian culture, ‘BoduBeru’ is believed to have come with the Africans that settled in the Maldives in the early 19th century. Boduberu is performed by about 20 people, including three drummers and a lead singer. They are accompanied by a small bell, a set of drums also known as a boduberu, and an onugandu – a small piece of bamboo with horizontal grooves, from which raspy sounds are produced by scraping. The songs may be of heroism, romance or satire. The prelude to the song is a slow beat with emphasis on drumming, and dancing. As the song reaches a crescendo, one or two dancers maintain the wild beat with their frantic movements ending in some cases in a trance. The costume of the performers is a sarong and a white short sleeved shirt.