Traditional / folk music of Bahrain


The folk music ofKingdom of Bahrain is a small country in in Persian Gulf. From one side neighbor to Qatar and from another side is Saudi Arabia. Bahrain was the first country in Persian Gulf who got explored for the oil. But later also they invest in banking and tourism. This Arab country has been part of Iran for long time in the history, then for a while it was  under the rule of Al Khalifa royal family and later Bahrain became a protectorate of the United Kingdom and finally on 1972 Bahrain got independent and became part of Arab League. Today United State fifth fleet is in Bahrain.

Bahrain has a rich genres of traditional and folk music. Traditional music of Bahrain is influence by Persian, African and Indian folk music. But in general, Bahrain is part of the folk Persian Gulf music the same as other Arabic country in Persian Gulf. The folk music of these countries are very close and sometimes hard to distinguish. Bahrain traditional music usually dominant just by men.

Some notable genres of folk music of Bahrain are:

Sawt Music

This type of folk music is mostly popular and dominant in Bahrain and Kuwait. Sawt means “voice”. This music is played with oud (kind of lute) and accompanied by violin, mirwās (kind of drum), zinjārī, dumbuk ( kind of percussions). The music is men gathering ceremony and sometimes accompanied by dance too.Sawt music is consist of different modes.

Fijiri or Fjiri

This type of folk music is also for men and it is a vocal music and sung by pearl divers. A group of churros accompany the main singer with hand clapping and singing.

Liwa

This type of folk music is very common in most of Arabic countries in Persian Gulf. The root of this folk music comes from Africa. Large number of men stand up in a circle and accompanied by several drum player and one person stay on the center. He plays kind of reed instrument named mizmar. The circle dance and clap in a rhythmic way.

Khaliji Music

This type of folk music is also common in most of Arabic countries in Persian Gulf and its root comes back to Africa. Khaliji music means Gulf music. Oud and violin are the main instruments in this type of folk music. It is also accompanied by different percussion instruments like mirwās  and daf.Khaliji is not dominant by men and women are also sing it.


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Salem Bin Sa'id Al-'Allan
Song:  Zheiri
By:  Salem Bin Sa'id Al-'Allan
folk music of Bahrain, traditional music of Bahrain, fijiri music, fjiri music
Salem Bin Sa'id Al-'Allan
Song:  Fjiri I
By:  Salem Bin Sa'id Al-'Allan
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Dahi Ben Walid
Song:  Daoutoul wishat (Sot Shami) 2
By:  Dahi Ben Walid
folk music of Bahrain, traditional music of Bahrain, traditional Gulf music, sawt music, oud, shami
Dahi Ben Walid
Song:  Daoutoul wishat (Sot Shami) 1
By:  Dahi Ben Walid
folk music of Bahrain, traditional music of Bahrain, traditional Gulf music, sawt music, oud, shami

Ahmad Khālid Hijris
Song:  Salū Fater Al-Ajfān 2
By:  Ahmad Khālid Hijris
folk music of Bahrain, traditional music of Bahrain, traditional Gulf music, oud, daf, zinjārī, dumbuk, yamānī
Ahmad Khālid Hijris
Song:  Salū Fater Al-Ajfān 1
By:  Ahmad Khālid Hijris
folk music of Bahrain, traditional music of Bahrain, traditional Gulf music, oud, daf, zinjārī, dumbuk, yamānī

Muhammd Rāshid Al-Rifā‘īis
Song:  Nasīm Al-Rūḥ 2
By:  Muhammd Rāshid Al-Rifā‘īis
folk music of Bahrain, traditional music of Bahrain, traditional Gulf music, sawt music, mirwās, oud, daf, zinjārī, dumbuk
Muhammd Rāshid Al-Rifā‘īis
Song:  Nasīm Al-Rūḥ 1
By:  Muhammd Rāshid Al-Rifā‘īis
folk music of Bahrain, traditional music of Bahrain, traditional Gulf music, sawt music, mirwās, oud, daf, zinjārī, dumbuk

Abdullah Ahmad Al-Mūsa
Song:  Sa‘ltakum Billāh 2
By:  Abdullah Ahmad Al-Mūsa
folk music of Bahrain, traditional music of Bahrain, traditional Gulf music, sawt music, mirwās, oud
Abdullah Ahmad Al-Mūsa
Song:  Sa‘ltakum Billāh 1
By:  Abdullah Ahmad Al-Mūsa
folk music of Bahrain, traditional music of Bahrain, traditional Gulf music, sawt music, mirwās, oud

Dahi Ben Walid
Song:  Ya dana dana (Ashoury)
By:  Dahi Ben Walid
folk music of Bahrain, traditional music of Bahrain, sawt music, mirwās, oud
Ensemble Muhammad Bin Faris
Song:  Qâla Ibn Al-Ashrâf (The Ashraf's Son Said)
By:  Ensemble Muhammad Bin Faris
traditional music of Bahrain, folk music of Bahrain, sawt music, mirwās


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