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Culture in Jordan
 
 
 

General

The culture of Jordan, as in its spoken language, values, beliefs, ethnicities is Arab as the Kingdom is in the heart of Southwest Asia. Although many people from different regions of the world have come to settle in Jordan, like Circassians and Chechens, they have long been assimilated in the society and added their richness to the society that subsequently developed.

Art

Art in Jordan is plentiful, there are many local artists, as well as Arab, especially Iraqis, and those Arabs who live abroad frequently have exhibitions in different art galleries in Amman. In addition to an art museum in Jabal Luwiebdeh, there is Darat Al Funun, a very prestigious art centre that frequently holds exhibitions by local, Arab and international artists. On the whole, there are many other art centres that too hold exhibitions which suggests that art is a vibrant aspect of the capital.

Handicrafts

Traditional handicrafts in Jordan have been passed down over many generations, from a time when all Jordanians met their domestic needs by weaving their own rugs and making their own earthenware vessels and utensils. An impressive cultural mélange of Arab and Islamic imagery is reflected in Jordanian crafts, which include beautiful handmade glass, handy earthenware vessels, skillful basket and carpet weaving, and exquisite embroidery. Crafts produced on a smaller scale include artistically decorated sand bottles, finely chiseled sculptures, and uniquely crafted silver jewellery. During the past century or so, Jordanian crafts have benefited from the skills and influences of other diverse cultural traditions.

Music

The folk music of Jordan can be distinguished from that of its neighbouring countries like Syria and Saudi Arabia by its strong Bedouin influence. Rural zajal songs, with improvised poetry played with a rabab and reed pipe ensemble accompanying is popular.

The musician and composer Sameer Baghdadi, the bedouin singer Omar Al-Abdullat, and Diana Karazon, winner of the Arab version of Pop Idol, are perhaps Jordan's biggest stars. Other well-known Jordanian musicians are Qamar Badwan, who won the golden prize in the 2000 Cairo Song Festival, percussionist Hani Naser, the pianist, and composer Khalid Asad. A new age group called Rum, lead by Tareq Al Nasser has been gaining regional and international popularity. Sign of Thyme on the other hand has been gaining Regional popularity with its Oriental-Jazz-Ethnic Fusion, the band has been active since 2004 and till this day produced 2 albums. Many Jordanian singers constantly use Western melodies and fuse it with Middle Eastern music bringing a fresh new generation of music.The controversial female singer, Malak El Nasser, known for her extremely seductive video clips is another popular Jordanian singer.

 

 
 


 



 


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