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Al Azi: the art of performing praise, pride and fortitude poetry. ©UNESCO 2016
Al Azi: the art of performing praise, pride and fortitude poetry

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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.

on this subject: Nomination file/Dossier de candidature

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

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