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Ahmad Qassem

Ahmad Qassem

The pioneering musical reformer of the contemporary Yemeni song and first to introduce modern musical instruments to the Yemeni tune.

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The distinguished musician and composer Ahmed bin Ahmed Qassem was born in the city of Aden on March 11, 1938. His passion and love for music developed since he was young. He studied many types of musical arts and was influenced by Adani artistic colloquy.

He joined the Higher Institute of Music in Egypt in 1956, where he obtained his diploma in 1960. Later, he returned to Aden and founded a musical band called (Ahmad Qassem’s renewal Band). He presented variety of styles , which included Adenian modern color, as in his songs (Ya Eaybah), (Mustahil), and (Huqul Alban), and also included a folkloric trend like his song (Min Aleadin).

In terms of national songs, he presented a number of songs, the most famous of which is “With all my heart, I love you, my country, Yemen”.  Qassem renewed the song’s structure in Aden and tried to develop it to match the most prevalent lyrics’ pattern in central Arab countries such as Egypt and Al Sham.

In addition to singing, Qassem tried acting and starred in the movie “My Love in Cairo” with the actress Zizi Al-Badrawi, which was shown in 1966 and directed by Adel Sadiq and produced by Ahmed bin Ahmed Qassem himself.  The great musician passed away near the city of Dhamar in a traffic accident on April 1, 1993. After he presented his masterpieces to the Yemeni art, which Yemenis remember and sing to this day.

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Faisal Alawy

Faisal Alawy

Faisal Alawy a folk singer who was added much to the traditional Lahji art and gained great recognition upon it until he became one of the Lahji art icons

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Faisal Alawy a folk singer who was added much to the traditional Lahji art and gained great recognition upon it until he became one of the Lahji art icons 

He was born in Tibn, district in 1949 in Lahj governance. He was remarkably recognised on both the national and regional level and had a great role in the retrieval of the Lahji art in the region. Furthermore, Alawi was a great Oud player where he used to add chords upon the Oud chord to play almost w with 18 chords. He used to also be a solo melodist who got much braise and love from the people. He sang his most popular songs in the Makhdara, which is a social tradition held at weddings where the artist sings in the honor of the groom with the crowd cheering all around. Alawi then started his own band and moved to the gulf countries where he focused more on the development of his Lahji music. 

Alawi died after a battle with illness on Sunday 7th February, 2010.

Among his most famous songs are “The King of Oud” “ pioneer of Lahji songs” and “Melodist”.

That’s how Yemen used to be, and that’s how our artist Faisal Alawi used to be

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Taqiyya Al Taweeliah

Taqiyya Al Taweeliah

Taqiyya Al Taweeliah is one of the leading female folk singers in Yemen.  She was the life and soul of every Sana’a wedding.

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Taqiyya Al Taweeliah is one of the leading female folk singers in Yemen.  She was the life and soul of every Sana’a wedding.

Taqiyya was a pioneer folkloric singer who shined in folk singing, especially in Sana’a style.

She began her career a few years before the revolution of September 26th, 1962 by singing in private women’s gatherings. This was in the first three years of her career before the Republic of Yemen was established.

She sang to the rhythm of her famous “Round Steel Tray” in addition to other songs in which she used a handheld drum.

Her records became widespread and gained the admiration of many. She reached the peak of her fame on the Yemeni musical scene right after the Yemeni revolution.

Taqiyya Al Taweeliah has contributed greatly to the revival and enrichment of the Yemeni national heritage songs.

These some of her most famous songs: Al Zafa (Sa’at Al Rahman), ‎” Ya wayh qalbi”,‎ ”Sylah wa muruh alsayl”,“ ‎Lylk allayl ya layl” ,”‎Ya ghayibin khabruni” And “ ‎’Iin kan qalbik taqnie”, and dozens of popular folkloric songs as well as Muwashshah. She also performed famous songs, such as” ‎Msikin ya nas” , “and” Wa maghrad bwadi aldawr”

She collaborated with the Yemeni Jewish artist Shameah and had recorded 21 albums. Some of the most prominent Yemeni composers’ composed songs for her.

She also sang with well-known singers including Ali bin Ali Alansi, Ahmed Sinidar, Ahmed Fathi, Ali Abdullah Alhas, Mohammed Hamoud Al Harthy and many more.

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Krama Mersal

Krama Mersal

Krama Mersal being a lead in the Yemeni Folk Art Scene, his rich songs' lyrics were unforgettable and till this day he is considered an icon of Hadhrami Music

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In 1946, the artist Mersal was born in Al-Mukalla City, where he then established his musical journey as young as seventeen years old in the year of 1963. He wasn’t just a singer, he was also a composer that had his name linked to the most prominent poets of his time like Abi Bakr Hussein Al-Mehdhar and others.
In 1969, he published his first record that lead to his breakthrough in the Arab Region as well as the Gulf Area.
He was loved by many, because of his pure talent and charismatic character that always made his concerts quite amusing.
He sings to Yemen “My love stays unwavering despite all hardship and difficulties”, a song that was felt by the soul of all Yemeni diaspora, alongside other songs that will always remain exceptional.
After a hard journey fighting illness, Mersal passed away on Sunday the third of August 2014 in Al-Mukalla City. Leaving behind a void in the world of Hadhrami Folk Art, yet his legacy remains immortal.
These were Yemen melodies, and this was Krama Mersal.

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Ali bin Ali Alansi

Ali bin Ali Alansi

The artist born in 1933 was talented in various fields among art and sports. He was a gymnast and the singer behind Yemen’s most famous Eid song.

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“It’s no time to gossip .. conditions are beyond excellent!” was sung by Al-Aansi to celebrate The Eid of “Pure Hearts” as connoted by the people of Yemen..

The artistic piece the composer has left is one of the most trending melodies played in Yemen till this day during both Eid Al-Fitr and Eid Al-Adha.

The artist born in 1933 was talented in various fields between art and sports. He was a gymnast, singer, a skilled swimmer and a horse knight.

Among those who sang his songs were Ayoub Taresh, Abu Bakr Salem, Mohammed Hamoud Al Harthy, Ahmad Fathi and others..

The artist Ali bin Ali Al-Ansi died on 17 April 1981… May God have his Mercy over him. 

May God accept your prayers and send you his blessings in this Eid.

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Badawi Zubair

He started out as a postman delivering letters which were filled with joy, sorrow, love or blame. He realized then that he too held a message in his heart that was yet to be written by melody and not words! 

Ahmed Yaslam Khamees Zubair known as “Badawi”. Born in 1950, in the District of Shibam, Hadramout Governorate. His songs were the essence of each and every Hadhrami wedding ceremony. Badawi was a breath of fresh air after the death of the artist Muhammed Jummah Khan whom he took as a mentor to walk in his footsteps but not for too long till he shaped his own style. Away from music, he was interested in carpentry mainly in the making of Oud instrument as well as Poetry which was not written but listened to by many of his relatives.

Badawi’s art was not exclusive to Hadhramout, he magnificently excelled at playing tunes of Sana’a and Aden as well which held a great impact on the many hearts of the Yemeni audience. In addition to that, he participated in many local festivals that further contributed to his popularity across Yemen and nationwide. 

This was our art, and these were our artists

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Said Abul Naeem

Said Abul Naeem

The first to sing the popular “Sabouha” song, he was distinguished for playing the quiet Hadhrami melodies known as "Al-Zarbadi".

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The first to sing the popular “Sabouha” song, he was entitled the Sheikh of artists and was distinguished for playing the quiet Hadhrami melodies known as “Al-Zarbadi”.

Who of us fails to remember “Sabouha” song!

Said Abdel Naeem al-Nubi was among the pioneer of artists to sing the poems of Yemeni poet Farid Mohammed Barakat. The “Sabouha” song was and still is a hit that is played at most weddings which always adds a special flavor to our social events. 

Said al-Nubi is the son of the Hadhrami artist Abdul Naeem Khamis al-Nubi, a Qanbūs player; a traditional Yemeni musical instrument. He was born in 1905 in the city of al-Shahr in Hadhramaut and was brought up among a lot of writers, poets, composers, and artists. Al-Nubi was also first to sing for al-Mehdhar.

He had the title of Sheikh of artists because of his long life spent singing and playing various rhythms, where he lived through multiple generations at the scene of Hadhrami and Yemeni art. He died in 2010 at the age of 105 years, may God rest his soul.

Yemen used to be and as such was our Heritage.

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The Kawkabani Brothers

The Kawkabani Brothers, a Yemeni folk trio composed of the brothers Abdul Wahab, Saad and Mohammed Al-Kawkabani that appeared in 1974. Being a major part of the Yemeni art scene, their musical journey consisted of 1300 songs.

 Al-Kawkabani Brothers who were a trio composed of the brothers Abdul Wahab, Saad and Mohammed Al-Kawkabani always distinguished their songs with a distinctive colour of music and lyrics that were so close to the souls of Yemeni people.

They sang an approximate of 200 songs along with 1100 more that engaged various topics. Interesting enough, some of their most well-known song lyrics were then used as a traditional proverbs that were recognized in every Yemeni house.

The trio had a huge following both at a national level and a regional level, their contribution wasn’t only a vital addition to the Yemeni art scene but rather to the Middle Eastern art scene.

They belong to ‘Amran Governorate and started their first musical appearance was in Aden in 1974.

Two of the trio, Abdul Wahab and Mohammed Al-Kawkabani recently passed away and only Saad Al-Kawkabani is alive –May God prolong his life-.