Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Singers of Saudi Arabia

Singers of Saudi Arabia 
The music of Saudi Arabia combines the traditional with the western music. Same as its neighboring countries, the kingdom’s most popular style is the khaleeji folk traditions. With the emergency of music in a country where music is regarded as sinful, many distinguished musicians have rose to cater for the ever rising growth of Arab music lovers. One such musician is Tariq Abdulhakeem, a man who has composed hundreds of famous Saudi songs for himself as well as other musicians. 

Another prominent composer is Saraj Omar. He rose in fame when he composed the music of the Saudi national anthem. The Arab pioneer Festival, held in Cairo under the patronage of the Arab league, indeed honored 4 of the leading composers in Saudi Arabia namely, Ghazi Ali, Muhammad ShafiqueChughtai, Mohammed Al-Senan and Tariq Abdulhakeem. Mohammed Al-Senan has also won other prestigious awards such as the 1st place World Wide Award for the first Children International Nile Song Festival event in Cairo, Egypt. 

Other musicians in Saudi Arabia include the pan-Arab start Mohammed Abdu, Saudi Arabia’s first ever pop star, and late TalalMaddah also called the “Sound of the Earth”. Talal died in august 2000 while singing in the summer festival on Al-Muftaha Theatre stage in the southern part of Saudi Arabia. Some of the rising star musicians in Saudi Arabia include Abdul-Majee Abdullah and ‘ud virtuoso Abadi al Johar. 

Music of Saudi Arabia is not characterized by the traditional Saudi music, the migratory lifestyle of the Bedouin diminished against carrying additional luggage, featuring musical instruments. Simple rhythms with the beat counted by striking together everyday implements forms the foundation of music. Musical instruments such as the stringed rababa of the double-reededney were sometimes utilized after being found in cosmopolitan cities such as Jeddah, Baghdad and Basrah. 

Even though there is rising music industry in Saudi Arabia, it is considered “sinful” by some strict Muslims. The claim is bases on a part of hadith which speak against non-percussion musical instruments and the impression that music and art are diversions from God. In the early days of the Kingdom, religious leaders were against music and would only allow rhythmic percussion that up to now is common still in the modern Saudi music. With emergence of electronic devices such as radios, CD players and tape in Saudi Arabia led to the growth of shop supporting music. Cities are crowded with shops selling music and the advent of satellite TV and music video station as made the Arabic music channels famous.

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