The jury of the “Al-Mankous” program, in its second season, produced by the Committee of Cultural and Heritage Festivals and Programs in Abu Dhabi, is preparing to begin evaluating the work of the participants applying for the program, which is the first of its kind in the Arab world and specializes in the melody of Al-Mankous, one of the tunes of Nabati poetry, after the end of the registration period That lasted until December 5.
The jury for the program consists of experts in the field of Nabati poetry and its melodies, especially Tarj Al-Mankous, who are critic and academic Dr. Hammoud Jalawi, a member of the teaching staff in the Department of Arabic Language at the College of Basic Education in Kuwait, poet of systems and dialogue Muhammad bin Mushait Al-Marri from the United Arab Emirates and poet of systems, dialogue and chanter Shaya Faris Al-Ayafi from Saudi Arabia .
The committee will choose the best participants from among the candidates according to precise technical and critical criteria, including the aesthetics of the voice, the way of performing “mastery of the melody”, the choice of melody, the length of the soul, and the participant’s familiarity with the invoked melody.
The committee will also select the best participations, evaluate the work participating in the performance of the melody of the munkous, and conduct remote interviews, according to specific criteria and conditions, leading to the selection of the final list who will participate in the two recording episodes that precede the eight direct episodes in which 18 performers from the stars of the munkous melody will compete. To the announcement of the winner of the title “Faris Al-Mankous”.
The launch of the Minkous program, in its second season, comes in accordance with the precautionary measures and measures that guarantee the safety and health of everyone in light of the circumstances imposed by the Corona pandemic at the current time and within the directions and objectives of the Festivals and Cultural Programs and Heritage Committee in Abu Dhabi, and its constant keenness to introduce popular heritage and enhance its role in building the national identity, as it is considered Al-Mankous is a traditional Emirati and Gulf art of singing Nabati poetry.
The program aims to revive the injustice and build bridges of communication between the old generation and the younger generation, to preserve the Emirati heritage and register it as a stable cultural platform from which to launch towards the world, and to achieve the greatest possible communication with the Gulf and Arab masses.
It is worth noting that the title “Faris Al-Mankous” in the first season of the Al-Mankous program went to Hamdan Al-Mansouri from the United Arab Emirates, while Ali Muhammad Al-Shuqair from Saudi Arabia came in second place, and the third place winner Nasser Al-Tawil from Saudi Arabia, and in fourth place Hadi bin Jaber Al-Marri from Saudi Arabia Saad Al-Yami from Saudi Arabia came in fifth place, and Faisal Al-Marri from Saudi Arabia came in sixth place.