Al Ghina Al SancAni

 

POETRY AND MUSIC IN SANcA' (2002 b)

                       

"The Song of Sanaa", al-ghinâ al-sancânî, is the most ancient tradition of urban music known in Yemen and in the Arabian Peninsula. It developped along with a poetical tradition, the homaynî, in colloquial Arabic, which was born in Yemen around the 14th century.  In this vocal and instrumental form, the singer accompanies himself with the south-arabian short-necked lute, the qanbûs or tarab, which was smaller than the arabian lute, (cûd), and covered with a goat skin. Some consider this form as the classical music of Yemen.

 

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