Music is part of our culture for decades, we use music to reflect and express our happiness, sadness, point of view about life, addressing social issues, and most importantly our love and passion for the land and the people. While researchers couldn’t confirm when was the beginning of the music in Socotra but some of them confirmed that it goes back to more than 5 centuries based on several words locally used to describe instruments.

Musical instruments

The Oud is the most popular instrument in Socotra and Yemen, The oud instrument is a short-neck lute-type, pear-shaped, fretless stringed instrument, usually with 11 strings grouped in 6 courses, but some models have 5 or 7 courses, with 10 or 13 strings respectively, Socotri and Yemeni singers play the oud while they sing at festivals and wedding parties. The other instrument called “Dan” similar to the Clarinet, it’s a short rounded pole with 4 holes, it’s used especially by the mountain people of Socotra and in many parts of Yemen.


Poetry is a big deal in our culture, Socotra has many poets, some of them managed to participate in Arab poetry competitions or been invited to perform on TV shows, Socotra and Yemen poets usually belongs to a tribe where people referred them by the poet of that tribe “name”, poets are like social media influencers, they are well respected in our society, some of them play a major role in delivering messages to the public or those in power.