Sunday, November 20, 2011

Traditional Omani Dance

The music of Oman has been strongly affected by the country's coastal location, with Omani sailors interacting with, and bringing back music from, Egypt, Tanzania and elsewhere. More recently, a Portuguese occupation has left its own marks, while geographic neighbors like the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Iran have also had a profound influence.

In contrast to other Arab countries, Omani traditional music has a strong emphasis on rhythm. Drums are an important part of many Omani dances to keep the timing as they chant/sing.

National symbol of Oman: Khanjar Knife (a silver, hand- crafted knife or dagger).


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