Reem's WOMAD Workshop 2023

Let us in!


Traditional Palestinian

Arr. Reem Kelani (PRS for Music)


Hawwilouna! Hawwilouna!

Habaayeb Laa Tiz‘i-louna


‘Aaditna Nilbas Maqaaseb

‘Aaditnan Naasib Manaaseb

Bil Karam… Bil Karam

Bil Karam… Maa Ti-ghil-bouna!



Let us in! Let us in!
Our loved ones, don’t you go upsetting us
Our tradition is to dress in finery
Our tradition is to marry well
Our generosity is unsurpassed!

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Going up the Mountain

(Ya Taali‘een ‘Ala el-Jabal)

 Traditional Palestinian

Arr. Reem Kelani (PRS for Music)


Ya Taali‘een ‘Aa Lalalal Jabal

Ya Moululu Mouqideen En-Naar

Bey LeLeLeil, Yamaan Yamaan!

‘Ey LeLeLeil Haanaa Ya Rouh



Those of you going up the mountain

Lighting the fires as you climb

In the dark of night, Yamaan Yamaan!

Think fondly of your loved ones

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Fishermen’s Songs from Gaza

(Hey Yallah!)

Traditional Palestinian

Arr. Reem Kelani (PRS for Music)


Hey Yallaw, Ya Hela Hey… Hela Hey!

Hey Yallaw, Ya Hela Hey… Hela Hey!


Hey Yallaw Ya Hey Yallah… Hela Hey!

Sabah Essabah Wis-tabah-na… Hela Hey!

Hey Yallaw Ya Sitr Allah… Hela Hey!

Hey Yallaw Ya E-naayt Allah… Hela Hey!



We rise early in the morning… Hela Hey!

Seeking refuge in God… Hela Hey!

Earning protection from God… Hela Hey!

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Suggested reading

Farmer, H. G., A History of Arabian Music, New Delhi: Goodword Books, 2001.

Faruqi, L. I. al-, An Annotated Glossary of Arabic Musical Terms, Westport, Connecticut and London, England: Greenwood Press, 1981.

Kelani, R. Y., 'Write it Down... Artist or Prostitute : Perspectives on Female Creativity and Activism in the Arab World', Confronting the International Patriarchy: Iran, Iraq and the United States of America . Ed. Philippa Winkler. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013.

Lorca, F. G., Duende: Play and Theory | Imagination, Inspiration, Evasion. Translated by Christopher Maurer, edited by José Javier León, Chicago: Swan Isle Press, 2023.

Racy, A. J., Making Music in the Arab World: the Culture and Artistry of Tarab, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2003.

Tamari, S. & I. Nassar (eds.), The Storyteller of Jerusalem: The Life and Times of Wasif Jawhariyyeh, 1904 - 1948, Massachusetts: Olive Branch Press, 2014.

Touma, H. H., The Music of the Arabs, Portland, Oregon and Cambridge, UK: Amadeus Press, 1996.