Youth in Maldives use music to say no to dictator

In the run up to the second round of the presidential election, youth in Maldives are using music to express dissent and to say no to the brutal regime of Maumoon Abdul Gayoom.

The first anti-regime music show was held in Maldives on 6 October 2008 before the first round of election. Enough show was organised by the democracy group Lable Red. The key attraction of this show was Maldivian heavy metal band Traphic Jamm and its vocalist Kayano. During the show messages were read out to encourage the people not to vote for the dictator Gayoom. Opposition politicians such as Dr Waheed, Ibra and Dr Shaheed attended the show.

For more photos of Enough show, please check 919 on Flickr.

On 24 October 2008 democracy activists from Villingili, Male’, organised a music show. It was mainly a jam session featuring great talents such as Adhly and Haisham. A screen near the stage displayed messages and video ads from Lable Red and 919. Messages were read out to encourage the people not to vote for the dictator Gayoom.

For more photos of the Villingili show, please check 919 on Flickr.

A series of road shows have been organised by the group Badhalakah Enmen too. Their shows have been held near Number One Jetty in Male’ and near the popular surf point known as Raalhugandu. Various talented musicians including Mohoj of Zero Degree Atoll fame have performed in these shows.

For more photos of Badhalakah Enmen shows, please check their Flickr pages.

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