Action plan for the safeguarding of the Song of Saana

  • Project budget: $ 96.513
  • Source:
    • Japan Funds-in-Trust (553YEM4000)
  • Dates of implementation:
    • 01/11/2005 - 01/01/2009

Benefitting country(ies): Yemen


The Song of Sana’a is a group of songs accompanied by the fine sound of the Yemeni lute and a lightly struck copper tray. The poetic repertory, written in both Yemeni dialects and classical Arabic, abounds in wordplay and is renowned for its emotional content. The project was designed to: * promote knowledge about the Song of Sana’a; * raise awareness about its functions and its importance for society; and * ensure its safeguarding through teaching, research and inventory making activities. The project activities encompass the following: * preparation and development of an inventory of the Song of Sana’a; * establishment of archives within the institutional infrastructure of the Yemeni Centre for Musical Heritage and the training of researchers in field survey and inventorying; * encouragement of Transmission of the Song of Sana’a, especially the old masters’ skills to younger generations, through the opening of master classes and scholarships for students; * preservation of the musical instruments through lute-making workshop with scholarships for students; * awareness raising campaign and the dissemination of recordings, with the production of promotional documentation such as CDs, DVDs and books.

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