The Yemen Tihama: Trance & Dance Music From The Red Sea Coast Of Arabia
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cd cover The Yemen Tihama: Trance & Dance Music From The Red Sea Coast Of Arabia

Number 920 from the Topic Records World Series

Recordings and text by Anderson Bakewell

Tibbal music from the Tihama, Red Sea coastal plain of the Yemen, is an Afro-Arabian amalgam featuring lyres, reeds and virtuosic drumming. It is performed by members of the akhdam, an outcast group with a reputation for sorcery.

"The ferocious heat on Tihama, the Red sea coastal plain of Yemen, is matched in its intensity by the tibbal music, an Afro-Arabian amalgam that features lyres, reeds and, particularly, virtuoso drumming. Its practitioners are largely drawn from the akhdam, an outcast group with a reputation for sorcery, who bring passion, skill and stamina to performances which accompany acrobatic dancing and ceremonial trance." - from the notes

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