Inscription in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity - 2021. Al-Qudoud al-Halabiya is a form of traditional music from Aleppo with a fixed melody. Sung for religious and entertainment purposes with the accompaniment of a musical ensemble, the lyrics vary according to the type of event. Although it has been influenced by social changes, the qudoud has retained its traditional elements and continues to be performed throughout the city. It is a vital part of Aleppan culture and is viewed as a source of resilience, particularly during the Syrian Civil War. The practice is transmitted informally between mentors and youth and formally through school curricula, media broadcasts and programmes.
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