Once upon the time, I had a comment on one of my blogs from an American teacher requesting some Arab songs (specificlly folklore songs) for his students. I already know stuff about it but I thought to google it, I found nothing except short (mostley meaningless) comments in some forums. That's why I decided to blog some of what I know about it.
Almost all of Arab illegal music sites catogorize Arabic music into 4 or 5 distinct groups according to the singer's origin.
That could be great If you already know the singers nationalities but that would be totally meaningless If you know nothing about Arab music genres or singers.
Contemprary Arabic music could be catogorized into distinict groups according to the song's dialect or song's genre.
These names are not official but I will use them in my posts labels/tags.
Each group below consists of sub genres, I will not mention them all because I am not a music expert. I just wrote the ones below to let you know some basic information
Music in the Arab world.
Note. I will keep updating this post every now and then.1.
Grouping according to dialects"Khaleeji"
literally means "Gulfic" and it refers to music from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, UAE and Oman .
Examples of "Khaleeji" music genres: "Samri", "Bahri", "Ekhbaiti", "Emrobi'e", "Classic"...Etc
Sometimes people includes Iraq and Yemen to "Khaleeji"."Shami"
and it refers to music from Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Jordan. Example of "Shami" music genre: "Dabkah".
Sometimes people includes Iraq to "Shami"."Iraqi"
music, Personally I consider Iraqi music a separate group because they have their own unique dialect, rhythms and music instruments."Sharqi"
and it refers to music from Egypt.Most of other Arab genres are heavily influenced with "Sharqi" music.
Example of "Sharqi" music genre: "Maqsoom"."Magharibi"
and it refers to music from Lybia, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Mauritania. Example of "Magharibi" music genre: "Rai" or "Raï".2
. Grouping according to music genresARAB POP MUSIC
This kind of music started in the 1980s by many Arab singers such As Latifa
Said, Amr Diab
and Raghib Allamah
It's a mix of Arab and world's instruments
"Ma Etrohsh Ba'ed
" (Don't go away) by Latifa
"Wallahi Ma Tahaddi
" (I swear I am not challenging) by Asalah
" (My night) by Dania (دانية)
"Shofto Be Aini
" (I saw him with my own eyes) by Latifa
(لطيفة) a mix of Disco and Oriental rhythms.TARAB
was popular in the 1980s and earlier
, this kind of songs are rarely
performed by singers these days.Tarab
songs needs singers with powerful voices to perform them, they usually arranged using Arab Instruments only.
songs usually have a long length, more than 10 minutes
...Singers uses TARAB
to show off their voices, they keep repeating the exact phrases differently each times
is the only one who perform this kind of genres (she perform the others genres too).
Example of "Khaleeji Tarab" music:
" (Good morning) by Asalah (أصالة)SLOW MUSIC
It's a great way to deliver the feelings in the lyrics no matter what kind of feelings...
Despair, Romance, Melancholy, Longing, Missing...Etc
This is not an exclusive Arab Genre, but it's sometimes they mix it with Arab Instruments and that adds the Arab touch.
Examples of slow music:
?" (Who are you?) by Angham
" (I miss you) by Sherine
?" (How are you?) by Baha'a
" (I am lying) by Diana Haddad
"Law Bassait Qoddamak
" (If you looked in front
of you) by Elissa (اليسا)ORIENTAL "SHARQI" RHYTHMS (aka BELLY DANCE)
Known in the Arab world and Turkey, using Arab/Turkish rhythms
with Arab and non Arab Instruments.
Examples of Sharqi
" (He promised) by Diana Haddad
(ديانا حداد) with fast tempo
"Fe Gheyabak Anni
" (During your absence
) by Latifa
(لطيفة) with slow tempoKHALEEJI MUSICKhaleeji
music is a music genre which consists of sub genres
,the are used in six Arab states and they are (Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and Oman).Samri
, Bahri, Classic
Example of Samri
?" (Where are you?) by "Thekra