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Sawt (; literally "voice"; also spelled sout or sowt) is a kind of popular music found in the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, especially in Kuwait and Bahrain. Sawt is a complex form of urban music, originally performed by 'ud (plucked lute) and mirwas (a drum), with a violin later supplementing the arrangement.
Two men perform the dance, which is called “Zaffan”. Al-Sout is performed only at night gatherings of men. It is called “Samra” (nightly chat).

Further reading

  • Sawt of Bahrein
  • The Sawt in Kuwait
  • Music in Bahrain
  • A Musical Anthology of the Arabian Peninsula, Volume 3 - Sowt, Music from the City
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