11th February 2017: Music from Yemen

Over the last week I have really enjoyed looking at music from the countries involved in the Trump travel ban fiasco. Usually on my blog, I choose a music track per day, and I have tended to focus on European music because…well, it’s what I know about. I have learned a lesson though – while I have just scratched the surface when it comes to music from Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and today, Yemen, I have discovered so much already. Not just about the music, but also about the goodwill from the people who have assisted me, and the immense pride these individuals have for their country’s music and artists.  I hope you have enjoyed the music too. I shall be returning to these countries for musical inspiration!

General information about the music of Yemen: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Music_of_Yemen

Article in The Guardian – Britain has blood on its hands over Yemen – by https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/08/britain-role-yemen-bombs-saudi-arabia-civilians-civil-war

BBC online article – Yemen crisis: Who is fighting whom?: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-middle-east-29319423

Article about rapper Hagage AJ Masaed: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=122280407

Article in the Yemen Times about Ahmed Fathi: http://www.yementimes.com/en/1758/report/3529/Ahmed-Fathi%E2%80%99s-journey-to-success.htm

 

Ahmad Fathi – Salam (احمد فتحي – سلام يا احباب قلبي)

Ahmad Fathi (Ahmed Fathey / Ahmed Fathi) now lives in the United Arab Emirates.  ‘Salam’ or ‘Salaam’ is the Arab word for peace, or can be used as a greeting.

 

Ali Al-Semah – Mahma 6aal sabree

 

Bracha Cohen – Ya Ward

 

Hagage AJ Masaed, w/ Ayoub Taresh and Haifa Hameed – Biladee

Hagage “AJ” Masaed, or Hajaj Abdulqawi Masaed, is an American-Yemeni rapper born in Ohio.

Twitter: @arabiangold1963

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