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Hadhramout: Art Returns

Hadhramout: Art Returns

We grew up listening to our parents’ stories, told with pride, about a beautiful past. According to them,…
Ya Matar Wa Amtor Osama Khaled ft. Ammar Zayed

Ya Matar Wa Amtor Osama Khaled ft. Ammar Zayed

Ya Matar Wa Amtor (Pour O’ Rain) is a traditional Yemeni mahjal,[1] sung when rain falls in the…
Ala’a Gholam: The Journey of a Contemporary Young Oud Maker

Ala’a Gholam: The Journey of a Contemporary Young Oud Maker

What is music made of? This question has accompanied me since my early childhood. Who makes music? Who…
Abdulrahman al-Amri: The Bulbul of the Sana’ani Chanting Art

Abdulrahman al-Amri: The Bulbul of the Sana’ani Chanting Art

When we talk about inshad (religious chanting) in Yemen from the early 1980s to today, Abdulrahman al-Amri is…
Oh Shepherdess, Oh Black-Eyed One!

Oh Shepherdess, Oh Black-Eyed One!

A short biography[1] The well-known poet Muhammad Abdulbari al-Futaih (d. 2013) is one of the Yemeni poets who…
The Master of al-Dan Style: Hadad bin Hasan al-Kaff

The Master of al-Dan Style: Hadad bin Hasan al-Kaff

Hadad bin Hasan al-Kaff (d. 1969) was known in Hadramawt as a poet, composer and instrumentalist – and…
Yemeni Singer Muhammad Murshid Naji

Yemeni Singer Muhammad Murshid Naji

When Muhammad Murshid Naji (1929 – 2013) died, news of his passing was painful for the Yemeni people,…
Women and Young Girls Play Music for Peace at the Cultural Center in Sana’a

Women and Young Girls Play Music for Peace at the Cultural Center in Sana’a

“When words end, music goes on.” This is how one feels entering the hall of the Cultural Center…
Did Arabic Singing Originate in Yemen?

Did Arabic Singing Originate in Yemen?

In the pre-Islamic era, Arabic singing and music were still emerging and in their very early stages. However,…
Hadrami Music Takes To The Global Stage

Hadrami Music Takes To The Global Stage

Last month, the Malaysian Opera House Istana Budaya in Kuala Lumpur presented its audience with a special performance…
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