«Jameel Ghanem» Institute... Yemeni music to escape the sound of bullets

«Jameel Ghanem» Institute... Yemeni music to escape the sound of bullets

Life makes its way back from the gate of art in the city of Aden (southern Yemen) where "Jameel Ghanem Institute" to teach music and with it began dreams of dozens of amateurs (children and youth) in the search for beauty and playing melodies and ridicule from reality through the theatre and drawing, in an effort to forget the noise of lead sounds The crisis that has ravaged their city has been challenged and continues.

During the last July the Institute was able to reopen the fields of training and study, and the Children and young people of the city immediately began to enroll and register for the learning of music as well as the field of theatre, the Department of Fine Arts, and a fourth section of the Institute, a section on folk arts.

Lamia holds the guitar with passion and is constantly playing since I joined the Institute, and tells the new Arab: "Before anything, I make sure to attend the institute's lessons to learn a lot of rules and things about the music world, it has become a different and beautiful world in which we play all our thoughts and feelings."

On the other side of the institute, dozens of young people are forming their separate paintings under the supervision of professors in the field, most of whom are graduates of the first instalments of the Institute itself, while the voices of young people are in a separate hall in the theatre department and there they play their roles in training plays in a practical and regular manner.

The Director of the Institute Fouad Moqbil spoke to the new Arab about the nature of the demand for the institute and said that the youth of the city of Aden as usual looking for art and life and that there are more than 40 students have registered for the formal study before being officially announced.

He said that with the beginning of October the regular study will begin and there are discussions with the Yemeni Ministry of Education to re-establish the institute until before 1994, where the student can join the institute after the ninth grade and study the fine arts and music and a number of other graves also For a period of three years, after which he receives a secondary specialist certificate officially approved by the Ministry.

Since the 1994 summer war in Aden, the government of Sanaa has withdrawn all financial allocations and grades from the Institute and has been relying on its own heritage fund in the capital Sana'a.

This action was part of a series of actions, including the closing of the school theatre as well as the "art education" courses.

The Ministry of Culture in the Yemeni government, which is based in Aden as its interim capital, has moved over the past months and has begun to urge the opening of the Institute's regular fields of study and the revival of its role, he said.

The government has also promised to provide support and attention to the management of the Institute. Among the plans expected of the government are restoration work and the allocation of operational budgets to the Institute's team as an institution affiliated to the Ministry.

According to the management of the Institute, there is a great turnout for the music department in particular and then comes the theater and the Fine arts, and the number of applicants for training in the institute in the three fields during the last August to more than 77 students.

The establishment of Jameel Ghanem Institute dates back to the 1970s, the first of its kind in Aden and Yemen in general, and played a prominent role in the emergence and flourishing of art in the country.

The first to introduce the idea of incorporation was the Yemeni musician Ahmed bin Ahmed Qasim who studied at the Higher Institute of Arab Music in Egypt, and after his return began work to establish the first Institute of Fine Arts in Yemen, hoping that the Institute will contribute to educate Yemeni musicians the rules of true music.

He then commissioned the late Yemeni musician Jamil Ghanem after finishing the study of music in Iraq, where he returned in 1973 to establish the Institute, and to help Yemeni artists who were often playing according to the sense of hearing without knowing the correct scientific musical rules.

In 1976, the first dean of the Institute, Jamil Ghanem, left his post and left the country, becoming Ahmed Saleh bin Ghothal, the second dean, and named "Jamil Ghanem" to the Institute in honor of him and his efforts in managing the place in his years of departure.

Three years later, the government issued a formal decision by which the study of the Institute was transformed into a regular study under the Ministry of Education. This year led to the opening of the Technical Secondary school section.

Among the most prominent Yemeni artists who have been taken by the late Yemeni musician Jamil Ghanem and have started their career in the institute before some of them travel abroad, the first violinist Nadim Awad and the artist Abdallah Ba fadhel and Awad Suleiman, and artist Khaled Bawazeer and Abdul Hakim Haidar, who is the best player FluteIn Yemen, maestro Anwar Abdul Khaliq and music researcher Abdulqader Ahmed Qaied and Maestro Saeed Venda.


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