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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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Aden Zoo

Aden Zoo

From a transit station to the pioneer of the idea of Zoos in the Arabian Peninsula.

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“Please come in … Half a “shilling” (25 Fils) for staff, and “Anaten” (10 Fils) for students”

With these low prices, AlHajj AbdulMajeed Al-Salafi used to welcome visitors at Aden Zoo or as the Adeni people liked to call it “Al Kamsari Garden”.
The Garden was the first zoo in the Arabian Peninsula. It started in 1952, as a transit station for a passenger coming from Somalia through Aden’s port accompanied by both an African lion and a lioness, who were on their way to Imam Ahmed in Sana’a. Those lions needed to be to kept in a place outside the port, and AbdulMajeed’s garden was the ideal place.
The idea of ​opening a zoo became appealing for AlHajji AbdulMajeed after seeing the flow of people who came to see the lions, and soon after that the garden became full of different animals from overseas, and it became an attracting place for visitors from different countries.
AlHajji Abdul Majeed’s experience and expertise stretched out to be the initial seed for the establishment of the first zoo in Saudi Arabia.

Yemen Used to be.. not much of a difference!

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Mocha Yemen

Mocha Yemen

The famous "Mocha" was named after the port of Mocha,  which is the origin of the global coffee trade. 

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It was the coffee bean that Ansi sang about… Yemen was the first land where coffee was grown, and it is unknown when this activity began but the first deal to sell coffee from Yemen to Europe was in 1628.
Historians record the burgeoning of coffee consumption in Yemen with the Sufis who used it to help them worship and stay up late and that was more than 500 years ago in the early 15th century. They were the first to drink it in social gatherings and then became a popular drink.
Some historians date the beginning of coffee cultivation to the fifth century AD where Yemenis identified the coffee tree in the area of ​​Al-Odain now administratively located in Ibb governorate.
It is noteworthy that the Portuguese were the first to taste the Yemeni coffee when hosted by the Sheikh of Mocha and offered them a “black drink” that refreshes the body and gives peace of mind, and that was the first commercial deal for Yemeni coffee in Mocha with the Dutch in 1628.
Coffee growing in Yemen began to expand year after year until the Yemeni coffee became a landmark of high quality offering to the finest ruling families, whether in Europe, India or other countries of the world, where Yemen dominated the trade in coffee for more than 200 years. Yemeni coffee exports to the world reached about 20,000 tons per year at the beginning of the eighteenth century.
Yemen used to be, not much of a difference!

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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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Abdullah Noman

Abdullah Noman

He is the writer of the Yemeni national anthem and the founder of his newspaper "Al-Foddoul," the first independent political newspaper.

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He is the writer of the Yemeni national anthem and the founder of his newspaper “Al-Foddoul,” the first independent political newspaper.

In faith and love, I am part of mankind,

And I shall march first among the Arabs.

And my heartbeat shall remain that of a Yemenite.

No foreigner shall ever hold dominion over Yemen.

Abdullah Abdulwahab Noman, a writer, and journalist who was born on September 17,  1917, in the district of al-Hajaria, the district of Taiz. He grew up in his hometown and learned the principles of reading and writing by his father and then by his cousin. He also received knowledge in the city of Zabid by Sheikh Abdullah al-Ma’zabi, who was one of the city’s most famous scientists.

Noman was known in the literary circles for the name of his newspaper “Al-Fudhool” which translates to “Curiosity” until his name was overshadowed by his title. The newspaper was published biweekly and sometimes once a month. It continued to be published for five years and despite its short life and limited issues, it is recorded to be the first in the history of  Yemeni press.

Noman was keen to collect his poetry in preparation for its printing, but he passed away before it happens, that’s why his only poetic work (Fayrouzah) was published after his death. His complete poetic works have yet to be printed, which is close to a hundred poems.

The poet Abdullah Abdul Wahab Noman died on July 5, 1982, on his bed in Taiz following a heart attack, at the age of 65.

Yemen used to be, not much of a difference!

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Ali Mohsen Al-Mraisi

Ali Mohsen Al-Mraisi

The Legend of the Century and the top player in the Egyptian league for three consecutive years in the early sixties.

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The Legend of the Century and the top player in the Egyptian league for three consecutive years in the early sixties.

The “Legend of the Century” or “West Ham defeater” as what he was known for after Al Zamalek overwhelming victory against the English team “West Ham United” in 1966. Ali Mohsen al-Mraisi was born on September 16, 1940 in Tawahi, ​​Aden, southern part of Yemen. His beginnings was in playing soccer with his peers on the streets. He had his elementary school in Aden where he later joined Al-Ghazal Club,later named Al-Shaab Club, then he joined Al-Minaa before he traveled to further his study in Egypt in 1950.

Al-Merasi was nominated by the coach “Mahmoud Qandil” to join Al Zamalek club where he gained his fame after his club’s victory against “Al-Ahli” in 1958, when he scored one of the two winning goals. He was the top scorer in the Egyptian league for three consecutive years 1960, 1961 and 1962 playing with Zamalek Club. Al-Maraisi was the only non-Egyptian player in League although it was offered for him before he apologetically declined it.

One of the testimonies he had was by Bobby Moore from (West Ham United) who said, “He has the technical skills that Qualifies him to play in the best European clubs.” He retired at an early age of 26 years old and returned back to Yemen as coach despite receiving offers elsewhere. He passed away on the 26th of September 1993; May God have his Mercy over his soul.

This was Yemen and this was its sports.

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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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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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Photos taken for Mr Abdul Rahman al-Mutahar and Ms Habiba Mohammed during the broadcast of "Mesa’ed and Mesa’ada" and other details.

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