Arabiqa w/ Karim Nagi | West Hartford
Karim defines the term Arab and Arab-American by equating it to African-Americans, Latino-Americans, etc. Karim illustrates what it means to be bi-cultural. Karim then gives a dynamic and entertaining demonstration of the various instruments including an array of drums and the Buzuq (longneck lute). He elicits audience participation throughout by having them pronounce the instrument names, a deliberate first-lesson in the Arabic language. Next he teaches a three sound clapping system which allows anyone in the crowd to perform the Arabic rhythms without an instrument. Karim concludes with a brief demonstration of Dabka Line Dancing and, when feasible, invites participants to learn as the rest of the audience provides rhythmic accompaniment via their newly learned clapping method. The presentation is animated, humorous and participatory.