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					                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ARAB TIMES, WEDNESDAY, MAY 26, 2010



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                                                                                           Ambassadors and members of the Chaine Des Rotisseurs with George Aoun, General Manager.

                         JW Marriott Hotel hosts the ‘Chaine des Rotisseurs’ for a gala dinner
In presence of the German, Brazilian, Tunisian, Dutch and Romanian Ambassadors,                 tables were illuminated in a shiny white.                                                         restaurant and the sweets simply delectable.
the members and guests of the Chaine des Rotisseurs had an elegant ‘Gold & White’                 The menu was eye catching in the elegant way it was presented and delicious in                    The JW Marriott Hotel team succeeded in their efforts to make this an unforgettable
gala dinner, where literally all the decorations were kept in Gold & White, even the            taste, the main dish an excellent signature of the JW Marriott’s own Terrace Grill                elegant and stylish evening.




                                                  Dar Al-Athar
                                                                                   Dar audience enjoys a musical journey of Arabian Peninsula

                Salman offers a taste of ‘music of Arabia’
           By Chaitali B. Roy                                                                                                                                                                                                                         today is not desert, sea or urban music,
       Special to the Arab Times                                                                                                                                                                                                                      they are all leisure songs. The Yemeni
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      especially in Aden have a peculiar and
O    n May 24, Dar Al Athar Al
     Islamiyyah Music Circle presented a
selection of music from the Arabian
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      unique kind of singing. In Oman the
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      music was different. When it comes to
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Saudi Arabia, Salman will be singing
Peninsula at the Al Maidan Cultural                                                                                                                                                                                                                   ‘badawi’ which is a kind of joyful
Centre. Music can break man-made barri-                                                                                                                                                                                                               Bedouin music and very unlike Saudi
ers and the music of the Arabian                                                                                                                                                                                                                      music. For instance ardha, which is very
Peninsula does that as its songs and beats                                                                                                                                                                                                            popular in Saudi Arabia is very boring.
speak of the life and culture of its people                                                                                                                                                                                                           The Bahraini and Kuwaiti music is very
and tells their story. On Monday Salman                                                                                                                                                                                                               similar.”
Al-Amari, the man with the silken voice                                                                                                                                                                                                                  As Salman Al Amari launched into the
under the guidance and mentorship of                                                                                                                                                                                                                  music of Oman with ‘Ya aiyn Maliya’ it
Sabah Al Rayes, performed a diverse col-                                                                                                                                                                                                              was easy to see the influence on the music
lection of songs from different countries                                                                                                                                                                                                             from Oman’s neighbours. Moreover, the
of the Arabian Peninsula. “Salman Al                                                                                                                                                                                                                  African influence is noticeable, which is
Amari is a very talented singer and he                                                                                                                                                                                                                not surprising since the Sultan of Oman
sings all types of Gulf music. It was                                                                                                                                                                                                                 moved his court to Zanzibar in the 18th
decided that he would take us on a musi-                                                                                                                                                                                                              century.
cal tour of the Arabian Peninsula,” smiled                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Rhythm
Al Rayes, Founder and Managing
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         In folk music tradition song and dance
Director of Pan Arab Consulting                                                                                                                                                                                                                       complement each other as seen in the per-
Engineers and the recipient of several                                                                                                                                                                                                                formance of the Saudi Badawwi which
honors for distinguished service particu-                                                                                                                                                                                                             has a distinct rhythm. “The songs which
larly during the Gulf War.                                                                                                                                                                                                                            will be sung today are all songs of pleas-
   A noted patron of the performance art                                                                                                                                                                                                              ure,” informed Al Rayes. An important
especially traditional music of Kuwait                                                                                                                                                                                                                part of a community’s history, traditional
and a silent supporter of the upcoming                                                                                                                                                                                                                songs provide glimpses into a way of life
Kuwait Youth Orchestra, he unhesitating-                                                                                                                                                                                                              now lost in the pages of history, of how
ly opens his residence to rehearsals and                                                                              Al Amiri band led by Salman Al Amari (centre)                                                                                   people lived and entertained. The music
sponsors concerts.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    of Arabia with its diverse heritage which
   After a successful performance at the                                                                                                                                                                                                              drew influences from East Africa and
Dar Al Athar Al Islamiayaah last                                                                                                                                                                                                                      India, whose rhythm and beat reveal
December, when Al Amari delighted the                                                                                                                                                                                                                 strains of Indian folk and African drums
audience with Kuwaiti leisure songs, he                                                                                                                                                                                                               was used by the people in this part of the
was back last Monday. “This is very dif-                                                                                                                                                                                                              world to gain relief from the tedium and
ferent from what we had done earlier.                                                                                                                                                                                                                 hard slog of life at sea.
This is like a musical journey.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                         They also made music when they
                  Soulful                                                                                                                                                                                                                             touched land after months on board ships.
   Salman Al Amari is a leading member                                                                                                                                                                                                                “Work songs are normally associated with
of the Al Amiri band, one of the extant                                                                                                                                                                                                               life at sea,” said Al Rayes.
continuous sea bands in Kuwait. Known                                                                                                                                                                                                                     “The songs we will hear today were
for his soulful rendition of sea songs,                                                                                                                                                                                                               sung when they were back in port. You
Salman gave the audience at Dar a taste of                                                                                                                                                                                                            will know it is a sea song from the instru-
music from different countries. The man                                                                                                                                                                                                               ments used.
whose voice is as smooth as silk and has                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Usually at sea, music was accompanied
the same sensuousness sang while his                                                                                                                                                                                                                  by clapping as the adverse weather condi-
friends chanted and clapped and so did                                                                                                                                                                                                                tion was not conducive to instruments on
the audience irrespective of their national-                                                                                                                                                                                                          board. You know it is a song of pleasure
ity.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  when they use instruments like qanoon or
   Despite differences in dialect and dic-                                                                                                                                                                                                            the oud.”
tion , the essence of folk music of Arabia                                                                                           Sections of audience                                                                                                When asked if he is apprehensive or
remains the same. The occasions that                                                                                                                                                                                                                  skeptical about the future of traditional
gave rise to this kind of music was the         shared by the people of this vast mass of       mentation, modal structure, rhythmic pat-         music formed a fascinating weaving of           then touch upon Saudi Arabia before con-            music in his country, he said, “I am pleas-
same. It was the same home coming after         land.                                           terns, performance technique and lyric            artistic tradition that has changed and         cluding with Kuwait,” explained Al Rayes            antly surprised when I see a lot of young
arduous months at sea, it was the same             Whether work songs, or songs of              content.                                          evolved and yet remained true to its            as the group of musicians took their place          people attending such events. I did not
feeling of tribal brotherhood while fight-      leisure, whether music of the desert, sea          On Monday evening when Salman Al               ancient past.                                   on the stage.                                       like this kind of music when I was of their
ing in the relentless heat of the desert, it    or city, the music of the Arabian               Amari began the concert with the ‘Lema               “We want to showcase the different             When asked if the music that evening              age, but as a person grows older he starts
was the same need to gain pleasure out of       Peninsula shares similarities with its dis-     yi Qeeb al kamar’ from Yemen and con-             types of melodies, so we will start with        would showcase the desert and sea music,            enjoying and appreciating this music bet-
writing poetry and setting them to music,       tinctive styles, commonalities of instru-       cluded with the ‘Fen’ from Kuwait his             Yemen, go over to Oman and Bahrain and          he was quick to point out, “Our music               ter.”


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