When Melodies Gather: Oral Art of the Mahra

ʿĪsā bir ʿAlī bir Raʿfīt

I have no personal information regarding ʿĪsā bir ʿAlī bir Raʿfīt except for the fact that he is middle-aged, lives in Damḳawt and was able to recite a few lines of poetry in the Hobyot language (although the degree to which the poem is actually in the Hobyot language may be debated). I recorded two short poems in the Mahri language recited by ʿĪsā bir ʿAlī bir Raʿfīt, plus the lines of alleged Hobyot poetry linked to below.

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