Oud Hobbyists Association & Al Najoom Dance Troupe to Perform Free Concert

October 29, 2014

Don’t miss your chance to experience an evening of authentic Omani music and culture…for free!

On Friday Nov. 7, 2014 at 7:00pm, the Oud Hobbyists Association and the Al Najoom Dance Troupe will perform in the Bailey Performance Center at no cost. The concert is in honor of Kennesaw State’s 2014-2015 Year of the Arabian Peninsula celebration.

The concert is the final event of the day-long conference Women of Oman: Changing Roles & Transnational Influence. You can attend the concert even if you do not go to the conference. Free tickets are available to all members of the community.

About the Performers

The Oud Hobbyists Association promotes the musical heritage of Oman. The Oud (lute) is a fascinating musical instrument that has long been a source of pride for kings, princes and especially poets. There are many interesting legends about the instrument’s origins. The word "oud" is derived from the Arabic word referring to the type of wood from which it is made. It has five double-strings (i.e. ten single-fretted strings) and sometimes more. The musician uses a "feather" tool to strike the strings while playing.

The Al Najoom Dance Troupe hails originally from Ja'alan Bani Bu Ali, an oasis market town in Oman. Traditional Omani music has a long legacy, where the indigenous Arab Islamic culture has combined with external influences from Oman's trading partners in East Africa and Asia. Al Najoom are recognized not only for the skill of their musicians and the quality of their singing, but also for the energy and exuberance that they bring to each performance.

Both of these renowned groups of performers come to Kennesaw courtesy of the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center and the Kennesaw State University Division of Global Affairs.

-Patrick Harbin

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