1. Authentic Madrouf Piece
A musical piece inspired by Zerbadi cultural tradition, one of the oldest traditions, and is popular in the areas of Wadi Hadramout. Zerbadi is often performed during marriages and joyous occasions that are often celebrated in public squares. During the Zerbadi, at least two people will dance in the middle of a circle formed by the music chanters and audiences. Moreover, the music chanters use a flute locally known as Madrouf, and two types of drums: one Hajer drum and three Mirwas drums. Also, the Zerabadi style has many types of rhythm, especially at the beginning, and at the ending. Both of these were considered in the orchestra event, as we bring the spirit of original Zerbadi folklore with a modern twist.
2. Joyful Habish Piece
It is inspired by the local Habish dance, which is sometimes called as Shareh Saheli because it is only practiced in the coastal areas of Hadramout. In particular, the Habish dance is accompanied by a clarinet or Mizmar, drums, and the sound created by silver anklets when the dancers’ feet hit the ground following a musical rhythm. Moreover, the lyric poem or verse is characterized by a (C) format of lyrics known as Syncope, a gleeful melody with a short rhythm and syncopation melodic lyrics.
3. War and Peace (Eddah)
It is inspired by a local Hadrami group dance called A'adah, which is performed during religious events, weddings, and other celebrations. This dance is a combination of two styles: a warlike dance routine, and a peaceful dance routine. Usually, the dancers of Eddah wear their costumes from home to the dance arena while carrying their props such as an oud or stick, draka or shield, and a dagger. Finally, this dance ends by playing Shabwani, a dance characterized by showing peace, solidarity, and unity through holding each other’s hand while aligning in rows and moving forward.
In the orchestra, the Eddah is introduced in a similar manner. Through its rhythm, this piece brings emotions of war at the beginning, but later introduced a peaceful rhythm where a Dan, a calm and soft voice, is played at the end.
4. Joyous Farewell Piece
It is inspired by Haddani, a piece of female music and dance, played while the bride is preparing for the wedding by beautifying and drawing henna on her hands and legs. In addition, this music brings two different feelings at a wedding. As such, this piece simultaneously brings sadness and happiness to the bride and her family. It has sadness in the sense that the daughter is leaving her family behind, while the happiness is for her getting married and starting a new life as a wife.
Moreover, Haddani is the most popular tradition during weddings, performed by a solo performer who chants the lyrics and accompanied by a rhythmic unit using local drums: one large Hajer, and three Mirwas drums.
5. Confusion Piece
This piece presents the humanitarian crisis that affects the Hadrami people emotionally and began losing their hopes. Also, it expresses the emotional self-conflict between having hope and despair among the Hadramis. On the other hand, this is a religious and mystical Hadrami music played using tambourines or Duff, goblet drum or Darabouka, together with the vocals of a Hadrami Dan, oprali Soprano, choir, and other accompaniments of the orchestra.
6- Sabbuha Dance Piece
Sabbuha is the name of a famous song presented in a joyful and cheerful performance. Hence, the composer of this orchestra was inspired by the song and transformed it into a musical orchestra. He derived it from the Henna, a masculine dance and music in order to create a harmonious orchestral piece. This was chosen as the Henna is considered as one of the most beautiful dance styles performed during the Hadrami weddings.