Yemeni music is mostly oud-based. This post gives a taste of Yemeni and Arabic oud music. العُوْد ‘the oud’ is a musical instrument used in the Middle East and North Africa. Its name was derived from the Arabic word عُوْد ‘a piece of wood’ as it is made of wood. Although it is an ancient instrument, it is still very popular in many countries. In Yemen, a piece of music without oud is no music. Each region in the country has its distinctive melodic touch. So is the case in all Arab countries. Here is a compilation which you certainly will enjoy. This compilation is by Ahmad Alshaiba, a Yemeni musician.
Peace be upon you. I would like to tell you about my trip in Yemen. It was one of the best trips. I went through Sana’a the melodies of which people of Amran, Al-Mahwit, Sa’dah, Hajjah, and Dhamar enjoyably chanted when its loving son, Ali bin Ali al-Aansi sang. (followed by a melody of Sana’a and surrounding areas).
I continued my trip passing through Taiz. The people of Ibb, Hudaidah, and Raymah chanted its melodies when her inspired son, Ayyoub Taarishl, joyfully sang. (followed by a melody of Taiz and surrounding areas).
The coastal breeze of Aden captivated me. This breeze enticed the lovers in Abyan as the sensitive son of Aden Ahmed Qasim alluringly flirted with her. (followed by a melody of Aden and surrounding areas).
Before my trip ended and after the melodies ceased and the arrival of quietness, a sudden melody came from all directions, from the East of Yemen, the West, the North, and the South. It was a single melody that the entire Yemen repeated joyfully. (followed by the melody of Yemen National Anthem).
I am Ahmed Alshaiba, and this was my trip in Yemen …. Peace be upon you!
As well, Ahmed has so expertly presented melodies from every Arab country.
It takes a great deal of talent and creativity to bring the oud out of the vintage box and its deserted state. Ahmed seems to possess the enthusiasm, creativity, and talent to do just that. He has attempted to present the music of the most popular western songs using oud melodies. Here is an enchanting example: