A trip to Sabri’s hometown: Manakha, Yemen

Laura (Paris, France) & Mac (Houston, Texas)

This Friday twenty students from the Yemen College of Middle Eastern Studies traveled to the beautiful mountain town of Manakha, Yemen – which happens to be the homeland of our college’s president, Sabri Saleem. After hiking a mountain and viewing a centuries-old cliff-side village (Al-Hajjara), it was time for a large Yemeni lunch, and most importantly, dancing. Sabri insisted that all of us participate; as you’ll see in the following video, none of us were particularly successful at learning the Yemeni dance steps.

Sabri also performed, both on the drums and on the dance floor. In this video, Sabri performs a traditional dance with a jambia (curved dagger):

Here you’ll see Sabri’s drumming skills:

If you’d like to see more pictures of our trip to Manakha (which included the towns of Al-Hajjara and Huteib), click HERE.


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