When Melodies Gather: Oral Art of the Mahra

Suhayl Zaʿbenōt

Suhayl bir Erabḫ bir Zaʿbenōt is the muqaddam of the Zaʿbenōt tribe. Normally residing in Ḥabrūt, Suhayl bir Zaʿbenōt was visiting al-Ghaydha when I met him in the summer of 2008. He was familiar with a number of exchanged reǧzīt that took place between the muqaddams and notables of Zaʿbenōt and their counterparts among the other tribes of al-Mahra.

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