Diverse & unique folklore [Archives:2003/650/Culture]

July 14 2003
Al Dhahery
Al Dhahery
By Mohammed N. al-Hakimi
Yemen Times Staff

Folk dance is one of the most important pillars of culture which our literature is very rich for.
This form of our literature is very fixed in our history so long in the past and has done a lot to the enrichment of other literature in the Atab lands.
Yemen has participated in many international exhibitions and in all of them all could not help but admire this literature.
Many Yemenis could show themselves well and made exquisite performance that made the audience really appreciate the Yemeni culture.
The Yemeni city is characterized by a specific dance and each one is still holding fast to it such as the Sana'ani dance, Al-Hadrami dance, Al-Lahji dance, and Taizi dance, etc.,.
It is generally believed that these dances reflect some of the people's ambitions and desires of each and every city.
The Yemeni arts are among the oldest to appear in the South of Arabia.
That is what Arab and foreign researchers and orientalists agree with.
The earlier form of arts were public songs and dances performed and practiced on many occasions.
Rhythms and musical tones first developed in Zamels (songs performed without music on social occasions) during weddings, etc.
Such activities reflect the joys and happiness of both performers and the audience.
One of the most popular songs song during the Yemeni national festivals is the song which was song in chorus is called the Barrak Allama during the 25 Anniversary of president Saleh.
Among the prominent works written by al Dhahery and for which he received Arabic and International prizes is Barrack al-Lama.
“The understanding and love between the team of the work, the characters the musical tones, cadences and the dancers.
All have helped in the success of the show.”
The work implies the perseverance of the heritage in all cities of the republic. It is presented in a show in which about 1600 characters participated at Bab al-Yemen, (one of the oldest gates in Sana'a.
Barrak al Lama took six months and that great efforts have been made in order to make a success of this artistic song.
The most beautiful thing in the work is the new dances never seen before in a Taizi dances, one of which is al Zivairi in a nice splendor.
The team is very understanding, harmonic in the music, either the presentation or dancers.
I prefer that the audience to judge the work at last, however as an artist, we believe the work presents a new picture of success, and a new face of creativity and Yemeni folklore in general.
The support we received was not that we dreamt of that we hoped to present it in a large number, not only 500 and it is only from the governor Mr., Ahmad al Hegry and the creative business man, Mr. Shawqi Ahmad Hael.
It will be performed in al Qahera castle so that we deal with the original Yemeni environment with its historical archeology and in Saber mountain in a new form different to that performed in the play ground so we can show the natural and tourist sights of Yemen.
We chose Taiz to perform in where His majesty was elected a president.
We will celebrate the 25 anniversary of the president's rule and present the work to him a thank you celebration from Taiz.
In Taiz, many cultural activities performed and I see that the ground structure of the culture has not completed yet till Sana'a comes to be an Arabic capital of culture for the year 2004.
We do need ground structure in which cadres are complete. No buildings, no financial sums to pay for creativity to create in Taiz.
However, al Qadhi and Shawqi still hold the hope to make Taiz the capital of culture.
It will be so in the case there are faithful will to implement this hope.
There is lack of possibilities to support the cultural sides. There must be halls, theater, double the libraries and all the needs of the cultural procedures, the audio and the visual too.
I am optimistic of the new minister, Mr. al- Rowishan who has laid the foundation stone of success to the Yemeni Volume house to establish the ground base of culture in Yemen and the bases to progress.
I managed a project on the collection of heritage from legends to the tales, birth, celebration, children games, folklore dances in general and to cadence.
Yemen really has a precious wealth and in every city you can find cultural variety of dances and songs.
There are tables enriched with heritage, but not yet presented to the Arab world.
We need to search for our heritage, to save and develop it. Egypt, for example depends on all its wealth among which is its art and so many other countries do.
Why do we not present art in the right way raising the awareness about issues of the negative phenomena in the society such as, expensive dowry, revenge.. etc..
We can overcome them throughout presenting faithful art, for drama is more active than TV. and cinema.
If there is a will, Let's start carnivals in the cities of the republic that will not cost much. We just need true future plans and strategy.
Presenting a creative work, 70% of the financial sums are taken by the managing stuff while 30% are received by the creative talents. How then can we present a creative work ?! However, we are optimistic that al Rowishan will do the best for he is the proper man the proper place.
We really have many creative talents, but where are they ? Do they come backward ? Or are they being ignored ?
I introduces a young musician, Rafat Nasher to the audience in Barrak al-Lama.
He plays a mix of the international classical music and traditional Yemeni music.
In Taiz, about 300 creative talents play the work where the talents youths are created.
I'm much thankful to Mr. Shawki Ahmad Hael for supporting us.
I believe there are businessmen caring about art in Yemen.
I also thanks the Yemen Times whose founder is Mr. Abdulaziz al Saqqaf who established and supported the first ballet in Yemen.
Abdulkareem Mahdi tells YT “We have acted many dramas in the Al Sakr club in Taiz,and with the support of Mr. Shawki who gives and helps much Taiz dramatic works.
We hope that drama can be performed in a play ground in Taiz.
We wish the drama movement will continue and so we can overcome tits deteriorated situation.
We thank a lot the government represented by its governor for preparing the way for taken an interest of Talents in Taiz.
Mohammed Mohsen al Hadar, the general manager of Taiz Radio and the writer of opera of the Good Female and the Leaders.
My work has a great connection with Yemen and history, not an imitation to any old or new poet works in Yemen.
It relates to the leader and his achievements and Yemen Union.
I use words expressing the Yemeni public heritage and what the president has achieved since coming to power.

Ammar Nagi al-Rabasi, a trainer
We are optimistic of the success of the opera for there are many trained talents. And with the ministry of culture represented by Khaled al Rowishan,
we awaits unusual success to different Yemeni cultures.