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Music Lovers Guide To The Maldives

November 14, 2020
Music in Maldives

Music is one of the best ways to experience the Maldivian culture and tradition. The most common and famous form of music in the Maldives is boduberu drumming and singing, which has become part of the Maldivian identity. Boduberu means a big drum. This traditional music is performed by 15 people and starts with a slow beat and with a soft tempo and increments until it becomes very fast-paced drumming. The boduberu performers wear a traditional sarong and a white short-sleeved shirt. Both men and women sing and dance to the drumming.

 

Maldives Music Through Out The Years

Even though boduberu is the most popular type of music in the Maldives there is a lot more to Maldivian music to than the only boduberu. Maldives traditional poetic styles lhen (poems) , fairihi (Rhyme) , raivaru (toddy tapper songs), bandhi are also part of the Maldivian culture. In the 1980s the Maldivian music was heavily influenced by Indias Hindi songs. The 80s and 90s generation watched Indian movies, Hindi songs and the majority of the people understand Hindi. But many famous singers and musicians tried to create original music.

Arguably the most influential band ever in the Maldives is Zero Degree. Formed in 1988, the band created its album by travelling across archipelago islands recording natural rhythm beats to capture the island lifestyle and culture. These cultural rhythms ranged from, early morning birdcalls, the swishing of winnowing rice ashore, and many more. With these unique styles, Zero Degree released two albums, “Dhoni” and “Island Pulse”. Zero Degree also gained fame internationally is well known for its locally influenced music and tunes invoking the Maldivian culture and heritage.

The modern Maldivian artists perform electronic dance music, rap music, and modern boduberu groups have revied old tales and sagas and made into new exciting music pieces. Now again, music is more than a form of entertainment, it’s an integral part of the heritage and a way to express themselves. Development of tourism and the hospitality industry paved the career for many musicians and the local talents are widely appreciated throughout the industry. Now live music and DJ have become a livelihood for many local artists. Listening to live music in the Maldives during your beach holiday is sure to be a memory you’ll keep for years to come. Come experience Maldivian music with us.

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Real Stories From New Normal Maldives Holidaymakers

November 6, 2020

In the eyes of our first guests who completed their Maldives holidays in September and October 2020 at the Crown & Champa Resort collections, the vacations were all “Excellent”, “it was paradise” and

Perfect stay and great anti-covid measures

Al_mj_0, London, United Kingdom (9/28/20) – Meeru Island Resort & Spa – TripAdvisor

Maldives was among the first to re-open its borders to tourist. Also being a destination which received the Safe Travels Stamp from World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC), the island nation had been receiving travelers and holidaymakers since July 2020.

The guest to our properties had been having a wonderful time. They felt safe and enjoyed their holidays and never felt restricted by the new normal, the health and safety protocols.  See the stories of our guests as video testimonials 🎬

For the romantic traveler
: Learn the story of Julian & Sonja and their experience at Meeru Island Resort & Spa in September 2020. Meeru supported them through their entire journey to make their dream wedding still come true, despite the current worldwide challenges brought by Covid-19.

For Mr & Mrs. Seidner, it was

“Veligandu ist geöffnet. Ihr entlegenes Paradies” 🎬

Veligandu Island Resort & Spa’s Spanish Guests,

“ Estamos en Veligandu, disfrutando mucho de nuestras vacaciones 🎬”

For the Family traveller:
The Kamissarovs had a 13 days vacation in Meeru Island Resort & Spa with their little daughter in September 2020 and had a fantastic stay despite the new normal. View the video 🎥

Read the guest reviews

SuperMoose_NL from the Netherlands rated Komandoo Island Resort & Spa 5-stars and wrote the island is a “A safe h(e)aven” on TripAdvisor. This seasoned traveler and 7-time repeater to the island wrote a 1800 word review explains the full experience from the arrival to the departure. SuperMoose_NL further wrote

“In short, I can honestly say that Komandoo felt like a safe haven from the pandemic. You definitely do notice that there’s a ‘new normal’, due to the preventive measures that the island have in place to ensure everyones safety, but I always felt much safer than I do at home in Europe and would not hesitate to return.”

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Guest Ms Jennifer L. from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA wrote a heartfelt 5-star Tripadvisor review on Sep 16, 2020 left us a Smiling Face with Heart-Eyes emoji.

“My husband and I had an excellent and very unique experience at Veligandu amid COVID-19. We hope to come back to paradise soon! I’d like to first mention that we were impressed with the safety measures put in place throughout the resort – hand sanitizing stations, staff wearing masks and social distancing measures during dining – we felt safe our entire stay. They check your temperature every morning, FYI. I say we had a unique experience because there were only a handful of couples on the resort during our 11 night stay. It felt like we had the entire island to ourselves and the service was impeccable! We will miss Naaem, Akram, Abdulla, Naail, Adam, Rifau, Alex and all the wonderful staff at Veligandu.”

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Ms. Julie Antju5, Gainsborough, United Kingdom wrote on TripAdvisor after her stay in Hurawalhi Island Maldives

“A truly relaxing, 5 star holiday never to be forgotten. Snorkelling and diving top class. 5.8 underwater restaurant not to be missed. Covid precautions in place far superior to any western countries. Feel safer here than the UK! Thank you for a perfect holiday.”

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