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Music of Oman
Oman is an Arab country located on the Arabian Peninsula. The country's coastal location has had an important effect on its musical heritage, with Omani sailors interacting with, and bringing back music from, India, Egypt, Tanzania and elsewhere. More recently, a Portuguese occupation has left its own marks, while geographic neighbors like the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Pakistan have also had a profound influence. In contrast to other Arab countries, Omani traditional music has a strong emphasis on rhythm.
Traditional music marks all the stages in the life of an Omani, including birth, circumcision, marriage and death. In contrast to many Arab countries, all Omanis participate in music, include both men and women, and young and old.
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