Mesa’ed and Mesa’ada
A radio talk show that discusses societal and cultural issues. It was first aired in Sana’a Radio in 1988.
Mesa’ed and Mesa’ada, the pleasant memories of the past, voices that our ears got used to, and characters that resided in memory. It all started in 1988 when Abdul Rahman al-Mutahar or as he used to be called “ Baba Abdul Rahman” along with Habiba Mohammad presented the well-known radio program “ Mesa’ed and Mesa’ada” in which they discussed many societal and cultural issues in the community, with an amusing comedic style.
What made this program stands out and last for many years, is its simplicity in presenting topics in the Yemeni colloquial, specifically using the Sana’ani accent. This made the characters relatable and close to listeners’ hearts, and so every day they tune in with anticipation and excitement for a new episode on the radio. The concept of the program is based on a dialogue between the husband and the wife addressing the community’s concerns. Debating the positives and the negatives to correct common society’s misconceptions in some matters and urging a positive change for the benefit of people. This style made the audience more accepting and created a very life-like atmosphere. The show was also part of an awareness campaign under the UNICEF against the six childhood diseases.
It is worth noting that the theme song shifted interest into social work and family bonding, “The wife is the home, the seeds have grown, tell Masada (the wife) to be a great homemaker / to raise the children well and praise Allah / to cheer Mesa’ed and comfort him /The wife is the home, the seeds have grown.” The meaning of this song is to advise the wife, whose name is Mesa’ada to be wise in managing the household and to take care of her children in a manner that was discussed in the context of their daily episodes.
The personality Mesa’ed was played by the great journalist, Abdul Rahman Mutahar, who is one of the most established broadcasters in Yemen. He joined Sanaa Radio four months after the September Revolution. He worked as a brilliant news editor, broadcaster, and famous artist, as well as a poet and writer. He won the Distinction Award for Arab’s Childhood Service in 1996. He also held several positions on the radio and was later appointed as a consultant at Sana’a Capital Secretariat for Culture and Art Affairs. As for the character of Mesa’ada, it was given to the anchor, Habiba Muhammad, who worked on creating a kinship with illiterate women at that time. May Allah rest his soul, Uncle Abdul-Rahman Mutahar, and may Allah protect and prolong the life of mother Habiba Muhammad and give her health and wellness.
Yemen used to be, and as such were its voices!
Photos taken for Mr Abdul Rahman al-Mutahar and Ms Habiba Mohammed during the broadcast of "Mesa’ed and Mesa’ada" and other details.