As I grew up from my childhood, I mostly listened to the Arabic music. This was so because all my life, I have only lived in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), where this type of music is the norm. Broadly speaking, Arabic music can be categorized into two styles that can be distinguished clearly from each other: classical music and popular music (Fikrun Wa Fann Par.1). Two of the most essential elements of all Arabic music that they have in common are the predominance of the melodic forms, and a delight in improvisation. A melody is normally sung by a soloist. However, it may also be accompanied by a choir. The basis of Arabic music is the mode or the maqam that means location, step, or pedestal. When listening to this form of music, I feel the true connection to it since it is interactive in which both the musician and the listener are all involved. For example, as a listener, I would clap my hands and shout out exclamations, such as Allah. In addition, they would often flood one with memories, including childhood days.
Over the years as I matured into a fully grown adult, the Arab music changed in number of ways. To begin with, the emergence of the “Arab Spring” of 2011 has greatly had impact on the Arabic Hip Hop. It gave the Arabic hip-hop a new inter-connectedness, vitality, as well as energy (Revolutionary Arab Rap par.2). In addition, the Arab music has been more westernized and more technology has been incorporated in it (Wood 240). This is evident in the kind of instruments that were incorporated and the musicians themselves have been willing to corporate with the westerners.
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Revolutionary Arab Rap. (n.d.). “How Has the “Arab Spring” Changed Arabic Hip Hop?”
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Wood, Abigail. “Local Music Scenes and Globalization: Transnational Platforms in Beirut.”
Ethnomusicology Forum. Vol. 23. No. 2. Routledge, 2014.