When Melodies Gather: Oral Art of the Mahra

ʿAwaź bir ʿAlī ʿAwaź

ʿAwaź had exceptional recall of a number of long lyric poems composed by his father, ʿAlī bir ʿAwaź, and by his uncle, who spent a large part of his adult life in Hyderabad where he composed poems that expressed his nostalgia for home. The poem “Homesick in Hyderabad” is the longest poem in the Mahri language that I have transcribed and translated.

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