The Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH) announced yesterday the launch of a classical Arab musical band consisting of Emirati musicians known as Emirati Takht. The band aims to gather the largest number of young Emirati musicians to work on traditional Emirati music and mix it with contemporary music.
Abdullah Al-Ameri, Director of Culture and Arts Department at (ADACH) said “the authority is keen to contribute in the deep rooted Arab culture through music. The new band gives a chance for Emirati musicians to present their own classical masterpieces using traditional Arab instruments in what is known as musical Takht.”
Al Ameri revealed that the core of this band is formed by four Emirati musicians who were adopted by ADACH to support their effort to revive Emirati traditional music and spread it on the local, regional and international level.
The band consists of a number of players on saxophone, oud (lute) and other stringed and local instruments.
The band will perform this evening (Saturday) as part of WOMAD Abu Dhabi 2010 taking place at Abu Dhabi corniche.