Are these little girls fabulous or what?
This is Emirati singer Aitha el Menhali and the song is titled “Shams Al Mahaba”. The filming was done in Al Ain in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi. AD is one of the seven emirates that form the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Local friends who’ve watched the clip say the girls’ dance is more Indian style as there’s more stamping than would be seen in women’s dance here in the Gulf. What do you think?
Background 1: The seven emirates that make up the UAE are Abu Dhabi, Ajman, Dubai (probably the best known of the emirates), Fujairah, Ras al Khaimah (the name translates literally as ‘the top of the tent), Sharjah and Umm al Qwain. Abu Dhabi serves as the capital of the UAE.
Background 2: This isn’t the entire clip.
Thanks Mark B. for the singer ID.
The clip is from a programme shown on Qatar tv. These settings are called ‘jalsaat’ (s: jalsa) and they’re social occasions where there’s music, singing and dancing. In a relaxed home setting with only the family attending, tea, coffee and sweets are served and people will perform songs to entertain each other. However if there are important guests or its a formal function then professional musicians/dancers are usually employed. The guests at a jalsa can sit and enjoy the music or get up and dance as they like.
Music and dance from Kuwait. This setting is called a ‘jalsat’ a Kuwaiti occasion where there’s music, singing and dancing. The guests can sit and enjoy the music or get up and dance.
The jalsats were discouraged under the previous ruler of Kuwait but are more frequent under the new ruler and they’re appearing on tv again. The singer in this clip is Ahlam, a Bahraini born singer who’s made a career as a popular wedding performer in Kuwait. This is her version of ‘Kamaresha’ an old song originally performed by Abu Bakr Salim from the Hadramaut in Yemen. The song talks about her heart being light as a feather because of love. Ahlam is married to a Qatari rally driver and has one child.