Folkloric dances perform during the opening the opening of Sharjah heritage days, on April 4, 2012. Photo by Chandra Balan
KG Fishermen show – The Emirates enjoys a strong tradition of music and dance which played a vital role in many aspects of its people’s lives. KG have created a special and unique stage act, never seen before, representing the old historical convention and rituals. Songs were composed to accompany different tasks, from hauling water at the well, to diving for pearl-oysters out in the Gulf. In the latter case a professional song-leader was kept on the pearling dhows whose job was to rally the men to work through music and song. The Naha’am, as this person was known, would launch into song and all the sailors would join in as they worked. Each song had a rhythm for a particular task and, like the sea- shanties of western sailors, the music became an inspiration for good team-work. In the evenings, around a fire in the desert, men would meet to talk and exchange news. It was also an occasion for story telling and for reciting poetry. During celebrations singing and dancing also took place. Many of the songs and dances, handed down from generation to generation, have survived to the present time.