Khamiss bin Suliman, Ahmed bin Mohammed, Slyiaf bin Saad, Ghanam bin Ghareeb, and Nadmi bin Hammudi - 2013​-​03​-​18 - Qasrhir - Drummers (Khamiss bin Suliman, Ahmed bin Mohammed, Slyiaf bin Saad, Ghanam bin Ghareeb, Nadmi bin Hammudi)

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Qasrhir is a tiny village along Socotra’s northeast coast. Abdullah bin Tali and his fishing family live here at the water’s edge, where he is a third-generation judge and imam of the local mosque. Abdullah's brother Khamiss bin Suliman performed a concert of Islamic drumming with his friends Ahmed bin Mohammed, Slyiaf bin Saad, Ghanam bin Ghareeb, and Nadmi bin Hammudi, the lead singer who is from the nearby village of Reqlah.

Mawlid is the birthday celebration for the prophet Muhammad, observed in the third month of the Islamic calendar. As with most forms of "musical" expression, most Islamic scholars believe the practice of drumming to be haram (forbidden). Other interpreters claim there is some textual support for drumming in the Quran.

However, on Socotra, mawlid drumming is played also on other celebrations such as weddings or parties, not always for a specifically religious occasion.

The handheld frame drum they play is called daf, which is widely found throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia. The daf likely arrived on Socotra from the Hadhramaut region of South Arabia, Yemen. The drums are decorated with Arabic Islamic calligraphy and are heated over an open fire between every song in order to retain their resonance.

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