Dr Nizar Ghanem, Professor of Medicine at Sana’a University and one of the Yemen’s leading ‘ud players.
The different and multifarious styles of contemporary Music in Yemen have seen a variety of influences, such as from Turkey, Egypt, Greece, India and East Africa. Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula, has developed a musical history reflecting pan-Arabian enculturation, as well as Yemenite Jewish influences, producing a cultural nexus and hub.
Traditional Yemeni music performance remained domestic, in the mafraj room, and during the ingestion of psychoactive stimulant leaves. The performances of this type, and under these environments, included melodically enhanced poetry called homaymi, dating approximately 700 years. The homayni style, strongly urban and pervasive of the capital of Yemen, includes Sanaan singing, the most well-known of homayni today