Abu Al-Shamaqmaq in a poem (d815 AD)


Taken from: Mohammed Abdullah Al-Shehhi; Al-Rawah Drum Folk Art of Al-Shuhuh Tribe.

Right the verses from his poem

He gave in a poem a very important hint about the skills of the Hijaz negros (Zanj) in beating drums, and their inherent longing towards drumming. This is indeed a valuable piece of proof as to the African origins of drumming in the Arabian Peninsula, he has it:


As the Zanj of Hijaz were longing to beat the drums