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(Fajry) Poetry Songs

Issue 6
(Fajry) Poetry Songs

Ali Abdullah Khalifa - Bahrain

T he researcher reminds that popular song is a prominent by-product in Bahraini folklore, performed as a necessity of the society daily life, and in no doubt reflects the intellectual level of this society through its linguistic and literary compositions, its melodic composition and its overlapping rhythms of voice and music, and in the marine environment where the majority of the population were engaged in the profession of pearl diving that has constituted the basis of economic and social life. Songs of social work were a senior in the heart of the community. The motional manner upon work helps the musical performance to be an important factor to provide the sacrificed effort with a psychological response among the workers, the melodic sense eases work’s trouble, and the words of the song with their meanings and connotations give a sense of joy that disperses the sense of fatigue. Many scholars ascribe war, love, hymn, funeral, wedding, and some songs related to fishing or harvesting songs to religious and magical charms origins, because they were taking part with charm in nature, as we note that work, especially that which is in consistency, is often accompanied by the song in general, and this is for the usefulness of music in triggering activity, and enabling workers to work in the timeconsistency, and this is similar to regular rhythm of oars, sound of love, impact of a hammer, and the footfall of combatants, of course, they all tend to strengthen the development of rhythm and weight in songs. The popular and local sense does not accept strange incoming music, but without a doubt have been subject to modification, addition, and deletion to be appropriate to its desire, and to conform to its commune spirit and general characteristics. Popular song has a lyrical nature, in the sense that they were too subjective and deal with their topics with a great seriousness, and their mood is not joyful, or at least not the kind of happy fun, and in some songs it appears to us the melodrama abuse, while others are characterized by tragic suffering of the individuals from the problems of life, even in songs the hills that are supposed to be nicer and thinner, as in the songs (lfajri), for example, where we find a clear effect of that atmosphere, and although the sentimental character of the popular song, sometimes highly emotional and bright, we find that these emotions are simpler without the issue of what we call the (problem) or (conflict). The researcher focuses on the songs (lfajri), which are characterized among the collective night arts in the marine environment of the Gulf and Arabian Peninsula by their association with the category of the sea workers. There is no doubt that (lfajri) arts are inherited from the ancient civilizations that came to the region, they were evolved with the start of the pearl diving for thousands of years, and it is obvious that it began spontaneously. Primitive human did not know anything about poetry except the song that played the function of the magic because it was associated with the rhythmic movements of the body, it was simple like the simplicity of human behavior in the coexistence with the environment, and then slowly evolved to be embodied in the picture that amounted to us today, to be part of the intellectual and emotional composition of the people. The researcher highlights the poetic forms performed in the art of (lfajri) and the technical and substantive characteristics of this art, represented in despair and hope, in meeting and abandonment, in patience and stamina, and in great capacity to support and surrender.

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