When Melodies Gather: Oral Art of the Mahra

ʾAhāzīj (“Work Songs”)

Work songs are lyrically concise, often formulaic poems composed and/or performed while accompanying a specific task. Unlike the other poetic types contained in this exhibit, the scope for imaginative creation is more constrained in work songs. The purpose of these songs is practical: to sustain the rhythm of repetitive physical labor or conduct a communal performance.

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