When Melodies Gather: Oral Art of the Mahra

Halyōt, Rābūt, and ʾAhāzīj

You’re involved in a physical task and would like a little ditty that goes along with the rhythmic nature of your work. Each song is linked to a particular task; indeed, the melody takes precedence over the lyrics. Composing this type of poem requires very little poetic skill because the topic, formal structure, and melody are all drawn from traditional models

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