Despite the fact that recitations do not carry the same degree of prestige that collective and sung performances do, certain Mahri virtuosos are distinguished by their ability to recite incredible amounts of Mahri poetry at high speeds. Such performances, however, are meant to display the remarkable memory of the transmitter rather than the aesthetic or historical merit of individual poems.
Ideally, no poem in Mahri should be recited because all Mahri poems may be sung, and singing is the most aesthetically appreciated mode of performance. However, due to the constraints of time and singing ability, most Mahra settle on recitations in informal settings. It is how the bulk of Mahri poems are performed and heard by Mahri audiences: a quick recital for entertaining or social instruction.