Sawt (music)

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Mirwas drum

Sawt (Arabic: صوت‎ / ALA-LC: Ṣawt; literally "voice"; also spelled sout or sowt) is a kind of popular music found in Kuwait and Bahrain. Sawt is a complex form of urban music, originally performed by 'ud (plucked lute) and mirwas (a drum), with a violin later supplementing the arrangement.

Two men perform the dance, which is called “Zaffan”. Al-Sout is performed only at night gatherings of men. It is called “Samra” (nightly chat).


Further reading[edit]

  • Muhammad Bin Faris Ensemble (2004). Sawt of Bahrein. Institut Du Monde Arabe. ASIN B00025DQEU.
  • Al-Umayri Ensemble (2004). The Sawt in Kuwait. Institut Du Monde Arabe. ASIN B00027X3RI.
  • Rovsing Olsen, Poul (2002). Music in Bahrain. David Brown Book Company. ISBN 87-88415-19-8.
  • Various artists (1995). A Musical Anthology of the Arabian Peninsula, Volume 3 - Sowt, Music from the City. Gallo. ASIN B000004A2E.

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