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Ahmed Fathi

Ahmed
Fathi

Artist and composer.. He received a master’s degree from the Higher Institute of Arab Music about “The Roles of Oud in Yemeni Songs”

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The musician Ahmed Fathi was born in the city of Hodeidah in 1959, where he received his education in it, then he moved to study at the Higher Institute of Arab Music in Cairo in 1973 AD and obtained a diploma in music, then a bachelor’s degree in 1980 AD and a master’s degree in 1998 AD..
He released his first album at the age of twelve .. He performed in a number of concerts in many countries; He became famous through it, and a number of technical companies recorded a large number of his songs.
He composed for a number of singers; Among them are, Abu Bakr Salem Balfakih, Samira Said and Wadih Al-Safi, and the Egyptian Opera House commissioned him to compose the opera “Children of the World”, in which a number of Arab artists participated, and it was presented in the year 1998 AD. As for the lyrics, he dealt with a number of poets. Among them are Dr. Abdulaziz Al-Maqaleh, the poet Mahmoud Al-Hajj, and the late poet Ibrahim Sadiq and Abdullah Hadi Sbait and others.
In his career, he won many awards, including the best oud player from the Higher Institute of Arab Music in Cairo. He was also awarded the Medal of the Higher National Institute for Advanced Technology in Paris in 1993 AD, and he also obtained the golden statue at the “Oscar International Video Clip” festival in Alexandria in 2001 AD.
Throughout his long artistic career, Ahmed Fathi presented dozens of works of art, and he composed many of the musical performances he performed in several music festivals and national and international occasions with several solo plays on the oud instrument at times, and at other times accompanying the orchestra … most notably “Sakura” and “Love and Peace” “” The Angelic Spirit, “” The Immortal River, “and many others.
May God protect Professor Ahmed Fathi and prolong his life …

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Mutahir Al-Eryani

Mutahir
Al-Eryani

A poet and a historian who could read the Ancient Musnad Script which was used in the era of the Ḥimyari Kingdom.

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Mutahir Bin Ali Al-Eryani is a poet, author, and historian who was born in 1933 in the fort “Riman” in the “Al Qafr” division, Ibb governorate. He was first educated by some of the educated elders “Sheikh” in his family. Later, he received his education from his older brother Fadl Al-Iryani, may Allah have mercy on him.
Al-Iryani began his career in poetry at an early age. He wrote his first poem at the age of fourteen and it was published in the “Al-Nasir” newspaper in Taiz,1951. He wrote many contemporary literary poems, and many of his poems were transformed into songs, such as “Love and Coffee” (Al-Bala), (Dangerous Ghosn Al-Qana). These songs were sung by famous Yemeni singers, for example, Ali Abdullah Al-Suma and Ali Bin Ali Al-Ansi.

Al-Iryani read and mastered the Ancient South Arabian script (Musnad) in his teens and he is considered to be one of the few people of his time who managed to understand and decipher these ancient scripts. His literary and historical works were an important contribution to the Yemeni heritage. An example of that is “Shams al-Ulum”, which is considered to be one of the most distinguished books of ancient Yemeni history.

Al-Iryani died on February 9, 2016, at the age of 84 years, may Allah Almighty have mercy on him.

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Tasabih

Tasabih

Ramadani supplication recited in Sana’a City and the suburbs to alert people that Fajir Azan is getting proximate.

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O Allah who raised the heavens without any pillars and extended the earth on a frozen water
O Allah who created the creatures and enumerated them … far be it, my lord, that you forget someone
There is a variety of supplication that precedes Fajir’s prayer. The previously mentioned ones attributed to Raba’a Adawiya May Allah have mercy on her soul are the most well known.
It all started with Al-Maseharati, who used to wake people up for suhoor by calling for Allah praises to signal that it soon to be called for Fajir’s prayer, with time these supplications were set to be called through speakers at Masajid.
At that time, it was popular that it was performed by chanters and readers with beautiful voices. The most famous of them was the late chanter Abd al-Rahman al-Hillili, one of the earliest chanters the chanting art scene had known in Yemen in the last century.
Notably, these supplications are still chanted at the masjids to this day.

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Wrega

Wrega

Wrega comes by the end of the Holy Month where kids pay tributes for the Mufallih (The people’s waker) in an old folkloric Ramadani celebration!.

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Toddlers and children celebrate with Masharati in Hadhramaut at the end of the holy month, in a popular folk tradition in Hadramaat known as Al-Warika or Shamiya … The drum beats and children sing their songs in honor of the efforts of Al-Musharrat (Al-Mufleh) for waking up the people to have their food before Athan AlFajr everyday.
The applause intensifies and the celebration cries grow louder .. The girls hit the “Maraqiues” (The clapping stage) and the boys with their hands to revive the atmosphere of joy .. Everyone walks behind Al-Mufleh carrying the Haier (drum), passing through the streets and alleys singing the children (Warija are you up? Warija from where did you come?!) and some other songs.
It usually takes place on the morning of the twenty-eighth, and it has other names, such as “Shamiya” in the coast, and “Al-Warija” in Wadi Hadramout.
The idea of ​​Al-Wariqah aims to honor Al-Masharati for his efforts during the holy month, as the people provide corn, wheat and rice grains and give to those who are responsible for serving during Ramadan.
Blessed Ramadan and may Allah accept all your good deeds.

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Muhammad AlQuraiti

Muhammad AlQuraiti

First Quran Reciter of Sanaa Radio, 1947. He was a profound Arabic linguist and his voice is linked to Ramadan, especially before breaking the fast.

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Muhammad Hussein al-Quraiti, he was born in Sana’a as an orphan in 1922 CE in the same year that his father passed away.  He studied at Al-Muftoon School in Sanaa and then at the Great Mosque.  He was educated by several sheikhs (scholars), the most important of whom was the scholar Hussein bin Mubarak Al-Ghaithi, may God have mercy on him.

  He graduated from the Qur’an loops, acquainted with the seven recitations, and proficient in the sciences of the Arabic language. He frequently visited Mecca during the seasons of Hajj and became famous for it where pilgrims from different countries were listening to his beautiful recitation.  In 1947, Radio Sana’a was inaugurated, and Sheikh Al-Quraiti was its first reciter, so it was the credited one that preserving his rare recitation through its records. He was also her first language reference due to his knowledge of the language and its origins.

 Sanaa Radio was uniquely remained on transmitting Quranic recitations of the Al-Quariti reciter annually before eating Al-Iftar in Ramadan from 1947 until about the current century, making his voice inherent in the Iftar of Yemen in Ramadan.

During the recent years, new local radio stations were launched on a large scale not only in Sana’a, but also in various Yemeni governorates, but they also still transmit to their listeners the recitations of the reciter and Al-Hafiz Muhammad bin Hussein Al-Quraiti.

  The Hafiz and the reciter died in Sana’a in 1962, may God have mercy on him, and made him dwell in peace.

   This is how Yemen used to be, and so was our Ramadan.

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Raufa Hassan

Raufa Hassan

The most influential figure in the career of Yemeni women and the prominent media figure on radio and television in the 1970s.

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Amat Al-Rauf Hassan Al-Sharqi known as Raufa was born on December 14, 1958, in Sanaa.  At the age of twelve, Raufa worked on children’s radio programs and then moved to the television industry at the beginning of its inauguration in Yemen back then. After that, she traveled to Cairo to continue her studies. Raufa came back later to work as the head of the investigations department in the official newspaper Al-Thawra in Yemen. 
After she finished her Ph.D., she entered the University of Sana’a and established the media Department there. She worked as a TV and Radio presenter and developer for women’s programs on Sanaa TV and Radio during the 1970s and 1980s. 

Dr. Raufa held various positions, including Deputy Head of the Technical Office at the Ministry of Media from 1984 to 1986, member of the International Women’s Union, Berlin 19-1991, member of the International Council of Women, London 91-1977, and many other positions.

She had many books and articles, including: loves me, does not love me, follows Gulf Twenty, Every Year Happy Eidiah. Her accomplishments did not stop there, but besides her proficiency in English and French, she was a permanent lecturer at many foreign universities.  She was known for her strong personality and clarity of the goals she was working for. 

she died in one of the hospitals in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, Wednesday morning, April 27, 2011. God rest her soul.

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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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Abdullah al-Baradouni

Abdullah
Al-Baradouni

The Poetry and Literature Icon, he was known as “The Seer Observer”. He had a deep insight through which he recounted the reality with the impartiality that preceded his time.

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The Poetry and Literature Icon, he was known as “The Seer Observer”. He had a deep insight through which he recounted the reality with the impartiality that preceded his time.  And the ugliest victory … is the victory of the powerful without Apprehend…  but apprehend how much they sold … and how much they earned.

Written by the poet and literary critic, historian, and teacher … Abdullah Saleh Hassan Al-Shahf Al-Baradouni… The prolific poet was born in 1929 in the village of Baradon in Dhamar Province. He lost his sight at the age of six because of smallpox disease, but he emerged among the best contemporary poets in Yemen and the Arab world for being one of the conservatives of the Arabic poem.

He completed the memorization of the Quran in his childhood and was imprisoned in the era of Imam Ahmad Hamid Al-Din because of his struggle against reactionary and dictatorship. His books dealt with political issues related to his country, most notably the conflict between the republican and monarchical regime that fell after the revolution of 26 September 1962. His poems tended to be ridicule and elegiac, and he relied on Classical Arabic for most of his work.

Of his poetical works are “Land Of Balqis”, “In The Way Of Dawn” and “The City of Tomorrow” among other rich literacy work.

The iconic poet Abdullah Saleh Hassan Al-Baradouni died on August 30, 1999. May God’s mercy be upon him.

Yemen used to be, and as such were our poets.

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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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