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Al Azi: the art of performing praise, pride and fortitude poetry


Language: عربى, subtitles Eng

Al Azi is a traditional poetry recital performed by a group of individuals without instruments. The practice strengthens bonds in the community and is connected with knowledge and practices related to nature. Due to migration, the enactment of state laws instead of traditional tribal customs and a loss of spontaneity in the art, performance of the practice has diminished considerably. Al Azi has nonetheless withstood extinction thanks to successful safeguarding efforts by the communities concerned, and has recently enjoyed a revival.


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Place/region: United Arab Emirates, North Africa
Series: 2017 inscriptions on the Urgent Safeguarding List
Type: Video report
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Director: Rajah Balakrishna
Publisher: Abou Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority
Producer: Nasser Ali Al Hamiri
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Rights: Abou Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority (TCA)
 

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Original: Video.MP4
Location: EV only
UMVS reference: HQFS-CLTICH-2017-USL-0126800006
Source ref.: DOC:0126800006; CAND:01268
Rights holder: UNESCO; Abou Dhabi Tourism and Cultural Authority