When Melodies Gather: Oral Art of the Mahra

Ḥājj Dākōn

Ḥājj Dākōn is a semiprofessional poet, an enthusiastic collector of Mahri poetry and ardent advocate for the preservation and continuance of Mahri culture and language. Approximately forty-five years old, Ḥājj Dākōn is one the youngest poets I met who actively continues to compose poetry in the Mahri language. In addition to hewing to traditional forms of lyric poetry, Ḥājj Dākōn has embarked on a campaign to create new modes of Mahri poetry that reflect current trends in poetic composition and performance across southern Arabia and the Gulf. More details on Ḥājj Dākōn’s life and poetic works can be found in The Dīwān of Ḥājj Dākōn (American Institute for Yemeni Studies, 2011).

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