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Next Music Station
Fouad Ali al-Shargabi
'Music is the language of the world that can reach all its peoples.'
Last Modified: 11 May 2011 13:24

"The Yemen Music House is my house, and the house of all singers. It is the house of all creative young people who run away from chewing Qat. They find in this house a shelter and a beautiful place where they can practice their hobbies and artistic and musical creativities.

The main goal of the Yemen Music House is to detect and document singing in Yemen. As you know, Yemen is a very old, historical country. It is aged back to the Sabaean kingdom, 3,000 or 4,000 years ago. This great history is rich with various kinds of singing and music heritage, when Yemen was the centre of the Arabian Peninsula. The Peninsula was a mere desert, and Yemen was the only host of civilization, agriculture and progress.

Yemen is a very big country, it expands from the Arabian sea to the Red sea. The areas near the Arabian sea are affected by Indian music and singing, while the areas near the Red sea are influenced by the African style of music, in addition to the original Yemeni environment which is rich with its music legacy; such as the Sanaa style, the Hadhramout style and the Lahji style. This variety and richness need to be collected and archived.

Unfortunately, in the absence of the state's interest in this matter, we, the youth, have found that we want to observe and archive our music and document it in books, CDs and database on the computer. God willing, all those interested will find it in the future. 

We will struggle to continue. Unfortunately, we live in a society that has a negative point of view towards music and singing. That is why we must believe in what we are doing, in what we have studied and what we want to present. Singing is a message, a humane message, a superior message. Music is the language of the world that can reach all its peoples."

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