With just two days to go before their comeback concert, MUSICinMALDIVES.com takes an in depth look at the Olympians – who were they?
The Olympians – The Comeback concert starts on 28th, and will continue for three consecutive nights, in Olympus at 2100hrs. Seats were sold out within a matter of days. They were sold at MVR 50/=, 75/=, 100/= & 200/=.
The current line-up includes
- Mahmooda Shakeeb (first line-up)
- Fathimath Rauf (first line-up)
- Abdul Rauf
- Ibrahim Shakeeb (first line-up)
- “Gambia” Mohamed Rasheed (first line-up)
- Hussain Rasheed (first line-up)
- Moosa Rasheed
Original hits such as “Dhauruvaa Mihandhaanthah” and “Reyrey Mihen Khiaalu Kollan Aadhevey” still seem to contain a certain nostalgia for a whole generation. Although they have had some originals to their credit, most of their repertoire were made up of dhivehi lyrics sung to popular hindi songs.
It appears that there are many, who has been an Olympian during one time or the other. A complete list all the Olympians has not been documented. For all the buzz and hype surrounding this performance, notably, there are also those who will be missed:
- Ibrahim Ahmed (“Gini Dhombe“), deceased, (first line-up)
- “Kaamineege” Mohamed Zahid, deceased, (first line-up)
who later founded the 20th Century B. C., one of the most popular bands in the Maldives then and later opened the Six-X, the first music shop in the Maldives
- Ibrahim “Bongo” Naseer (1954-2007), deceased
who later performed for Amazon Jade for nearly three decades
- Mohamed Rashaad, deceased
- Ibrahim Hamdi
who later worked as an instructor in the National Center for the Arts and Voice of Maldives
- Abdul Hannaan Moosa Didi
popular song-writer and performer
- Hon. Hussain Shihab, currently the High Commissioner for Maldives in Saudi Arabia.
According to a music researcher, during the mid-seventies, the Olympians contributed to the business development of popular music, with the help of the emerging pop culture.
The Olympians played regular gigs in Olympus and and later in Hakuraa Fair, which used to be housed where, the current parliament building sits today. Glamorous seventies-styled costumes with fancy tops, big-shiny necklaces and bell-bottoms, seem to have branded and sealed their image.
Prior to the Olympians, there existed a band known as “Male’ Zamanee Music Club” (MZMC) which was managed by the late “Mas-odi” Hassan-fulhu. In 1964, Ibrahim Ahmed (“Gini Dhombe“), Fattah, Mohamed Rauf (“Bodey“) and Dhon Adam Fulhu was sent to India, on a one-year program to study music, by Seneco Radio.
Some of the musicians from MZMC would later join the Olympians.
The Olympians was formed in 1974, of as a private venture of the late ex-president, H. E. Ibrahim Nasir. “Saikuraa” Naeem was incharge of recruiting, managing and recording.
The first line-up included:
- Abdu Rasheed (Reedhoo)
- “Kaashi” Lhahu’thu
- Kuda Manik (Ukulhahu)
- Ibrahim Shakeeb (Still performing)
- Abdu Nasir
- Abdul Fa’thah
- Thaufeeq (Jam)
- Kuda Thu’thu (Unko)
- Fathimath Rauf (Still performing)
- Ibrahim Ahmed (Gini Dhombe)
- Naseema (Bodugaluge/ MNDF Athif’s mother)
- Dhon Adam Fulhu (Mundu)
- Ibrahim Hamdhee
- Mohamed Rashaad
- Mohamed Shareef (Alinarumaa)
- Mohamed Zahid (Six-X)
- Hussain Rasheed (Still performing)
With the change of government administration in 1978, the Olympians were naturally disbanded.
Later, during the early 80s, a band known as DIB was formed under the Department of Information and Broadcasting, and hence the name itself: DIB. Then again, some of the Olympians were recruited into the DIB. When this department became a ministry, the band was renamed Antares.
It is noteworthy that, some of these musicians have continued to perform all these years, practicing their art and entertaining the public. They have been doing this with great commitment, passion and interest, and seem to be continuously adapting to challenges.
Whether the Olympians that we are going to see now, can perform to the expectations of audiences today, in all its glamor and glory, remains to be seen. Furthermore, whether this is going to be a one-time event or, if the current members of the band, posses the necessary chemistry to continue with the band, also remains to be seen.
SOURCE: Information from the National Center for the Arts
Could the Olympians survive together as a band?
- Not sure (44%, 7 Votes)
- Yes (31%, 5 Votes)
- No (25%, 4 Votes)
Total Voters: 16