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


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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