Sawt (music)


Sawt (music)

"Sawt" (ArB|صوت; literally "voice"; also spelled "sout" or "sowt") is a kind of popular music found in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, especially in Kuwait and Bahrain. "Sawt" is a complex form of urban music, originally performed by 'ud (plucked lute) and mirwas (a drum), with a violin later supplementing the arrangement.

Two men perform the dance, which is called “Zaffan”. "Al-Sout" is performed only at night gatherings of men. It is called “Samra” (nightly chat).

Further reading

*cite book|title=Sawt of Bahrein|author=Muhammad Bin Faris Ensemble|year=2004|publisher=Institut Du Monde|id= [http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00025DQEU ASIN B00025DQEU]
*cite book|title=The Sawt in Kuwait|author=Al-Umayri Ensemble|year=2004|publisher=Institut Du Monde|id= [http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B00027X3RI ASIN B00027X3RI]
*cite book|title=Music in Bahrain|author=Rovsing Olsen, Poul|year=2002|publisher=David Brown Book Company|id=ISBN 87-88415-19-8
*cite book|title=A Musical Anthology of the Arabian Peninsula, Volume 3 - Sowt, Music from the City|author=Various artists|year=1995|publisher=Gallo|id= [http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B000004A2E ASIN B000004A2E]

ee also

* Ardha
* Fijiri
* Yowla
* M'alayah
* Liwa (music)
* Culture of the Arab Gulf states

External links

* [http://youtube.com/watch?v=fRgBGkHFcIA Video of Bahraini sawt performance]
* [http://zeryab.com/E/Aswat.htm Audio samples from Zeryab.com]


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