Emirati music at Al Jahili Fort
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This season, the enchanting Al Jahili Fort will serve as a stunning backdrop for a series of concerts that will pay homage to Emirati music. Memory of the Emirati Song kicks off this week with a line-up of young performers, and will be headlined by local talent Majed Hamad Shehab.
The artists will adapt the words of original Emirati poetry to familiar tunes from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, to make the lyrics more suited to current times.
The Emirati folk song might only be 50 years or so old, but, as they were written by leaders of Emirati society, the tunes have always played an important role in the socio-cultural development of the country and serve as an expression of experience and wisdom.
Each song is supposed to comprise three basic elements – poetry, melody and voice – and represent a blend of social, artistic and cultural influences, conjuring images of traditional activities and customs, such as fishing, pearl diving and general life in the desert.
The series comes as part of the year-long Al Ain Cultural Programme, organised by Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, which has been curated to support the UNESCO theme Protecting our Heritage and Fostering Creativity.
Free. Feb 16, Mar 2 and April 6, 8pm. Al Jahili Fort, Al Ain, www.visitalain.ae.
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