3.5: The Sami‘a of Salalah: Sheikh Ahmad and the Jalsa at-Tara

3.5: The Sami‘a of Salalah: Sheikh Ahmad and the Jalsa at-Tara

AKR in Oman Part 3 3.5: The Sami‘a of Salalah: Sheikh Ahmad and the Jalsa at-Tarab There is a saying in Arabic:  “A chance meeting is worth a thousand appointments” (sudfa ghair min alf mu‘ad).  I have been practicing this phrase in Arabic for 17 years since my colleague and friend, Dwight Reynolds, exclaimed it



3.4 – The Pop Music Scene in Salalah: Cultural Symbiosis and Musical Mutualism

AKR in Oman Part 3 3.4 – The Pop Music Scene in Salalah: Cultural Symbiosis and Musical Mutualism An extraordinary series of concerts is being presented parallel to and in consort with the Salalah Tourism Festival this year.  Organized and produced by Muscat Media Services, four concerts, involving some of the most famous and beloved



AKR in Oman 3.3: The Art of Bedouin Razfa — Salim Ali Kamis and Razfa Al Hamasiyyah

AKR in Oman Part 3 3.3: The Art of Bedouin Razfa — Salim Ali Kamis and Razfa Al Hamasiyyah I have been moseying around the Salalah Tourism Festival for a week now.  Events are transpiring faster than I can keep track of them as each day brings new acquaintances and often with them, invitations that



3.2. If you see Rabuba you will say: “I love Salalah”!

AKR in OMAN Part 3 2. If you see Rabuba you will say: “I love Salalah”! This is my fourth evening at the Salalah Tourism Festival also known as the Mahrajan al-Khareef held in the fall (khareef) season when the Salalah and its surroundings on the coasts and in the mountains of the Dhofar region



AKR in Oman 3.1 The Muscat Festival and the Blind Ethnomusicologist

AKR in Oman — Part 3 [This is the first installment of my blog for the third trip I am making to Oman as a Research Fellow of the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center.  My first post is a reflection on some of my experiences during my second trip to Oman during the month of February.]



AKR in Oman Part 2 #5: “Women in the Mix from Avon to the OWA”

When I lived in Manila, Philippines (on and off from 2004-2007) and in Jakarta, Indonesia (‘95-‘96), and in Taipei, Taiwan (‘91), my heart always jumped when I saw the international presence of Avon, the corporation, established in 1886, that gave opportunities for American women to sell cosmetics door to door. [1] My grandmother was an



AKR in Oman Part 2 #4: Sand Happens! Dan Pattarini and the American Embassy in Muscat

When I was in Muscat in November 2010 Dan Pattarini emailed me out of the blue inviting me to lunch at the American Embassy.  He said he had seen the Middle Eastern Music Ensemble perform during his senior year at the College of William and Mary, in 1995 and remembered me.  Would I like to



AKR in Oman Part 2 #3: How many ‘uds are too many?

AKR in Oman Part 2 #3:  How many ‘uds are too many?: The Jama‘iyyat Howat al-‘Ud, ‘Ud Hobbyist Association Last month, in Ann Arbor, Michigan I sat with the director of the relatively new Michigan Arabic Orchestra, Michael Ibrahim who has performed the small miracle of launching a group of musicians comprised of students who are



AKR in Oman Part 2 #2: Bollywood in Oman

AKR in Oman Part 2 #2: Bollywood in Oman I left the Beach Hotel at 4:20 on foot to arrive at Qurum (also Qorm) Natural Park after 40 minutes of brisk walking in the hot humid and windy afternoon.  Friday afternoon is like Sunday in the U.S.; folks were out on Love Street and on



AKR in Oman Part 2: # 1 “The Muscat Festival 2011″

My first impressions of the impressive Muscat Festival! AKR in Oman, Trip 2, Week 1, this essay kicks off what a set of blog posts on the various music scenes of Oman.