Qanun

Qanun (also spelled “kanun”, “kanoon”, “qanoon”) – A member of the zither family of instruments, the qanun is plucked with 2 rectangular picks which are attached to the index fingers with metal rings. It has 76 strings in courses of 3, and is widely used Read More …

Oud

Oud – A fretless lute used throughout the Middle East. It originated in ancient Persia, and became popular with the Arabs, who took it with them to Spain during the time of Moorish Andalucia. From there it was adopted by musicians of the west, who Read More …

Ney

Ney (nai, nay) – An end-blown bamboo flute with a beautiful breathy sound. The ney is used in Turkish, Persian & Arabic music. The ney being played in the photograph is an Arabic neys. Turkish neys are characterised by a UFO-shaped mouthpiece, known as the Read More …

Riq

Riq is the Arabic tambourine, traditionally made with fish skin, but now commonly made with mylar or other kinds of synthetic heads.  The riq is a difficult instrument to master, and is the primary percussion instrument in classical Arabic music.  There are different styles in Read More …

Darbuka

Darbuka – Also known as the Egyptian tabla, doumbek, and a host of other names, this goblet shaped drum is ubiquitous in Middle Eastern music. Traditionally the darbuka was made of clay and fish or goat skin, but currently the most common materials are cast Read More …

Roumana

Roumana is an all-women world music ensemble featuring qanun, cello, and hand-percussion. The group’s repertoire is grounded in the music of the Middle East, primarily Arabic and Turkish music, but also ventures out to include styles such as Balkan, Armenian, Romani, Andalusian, North African and Read More …

Saltanah Arabic Band

The Saltanah Arabic Band is based in Alexandria, Virginia, in the Washington, DC area. They perform authentic Arabic music for special occasions like weddings, engagement parties, birthdays, pre-wedding parties, celebrations, bachelors, christenings, as well as corporate events and functions. This group can vary from 2 Read More …

Saltanah Ensemble

Traditional Arabic Music Ensemble The Saltanah Ensemble is a traditional Arabic music ensemble that includes instruments such as qanun (Middle Eastern zither), oud (lute), ney (bamboo end-blown flute), violin, cello and percussion instruments such as riq (Arabic tambourine), darbuka (goblet-shaped drum) and def (frame drum). Read More …