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Oman: Arabian Weddings

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Oman: Arabian Weddings
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Arabian weddings in Oman are multi-day celebrations involving hundreds of participants, announcing to the community a union between two individuals, families, or tribes. In a rapidly modernizing society, weddings are also occasions for Omanis to keep their distinctive regional arts alive. This recording features a diverse assortment of performances by organized groups, which combine singing, poetry, dancing, and instruments including cymbals, drums, a conch trumpet called jim, and the oboe-like mizmar.

Recorded in 1990, this previously unreleased album from the UNESCO Collection of Traditional Music captures the sounds of a typical wedding of Omani Arabs in the Batinah, the northern coastal region of Oman.

Track Listing

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‘Azi n/a 1:54
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102
Henna songs for the bride n/a 4:29
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103
Ghina’ nisa’ n/a 9:34
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Lewah Khalifah Harub 10:27
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Badawiyah n/a 4:39
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Ghina’ nisa’ Firqat al-dan Halimah ‘Amir 8:06
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Qurbah n/a 8:34
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Ritual Hair Cutting n/a 1:53
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Zaffat al-mu’aris n/a 7:27