'Game of Thrones' theme inspires musicians in the Arab world

Many artists have played the show's now-famed track with a regional twist

Musician Mohamed Alghoom, together with performer such as oud player Duna Fawakhiri, has reimagined the 'Game of Thrones' theme tune. Courtesy YouTube
Musician Mohamed Alghoom, together with performer such as oud player Duna Fawakhiri, has reimagined the 'Game of Thrones' theme tune. Courtesy YouTube

Game of Thrones has taken the world by storm as the last episodes of the series' grand finale draw nearer. The show has also inspired musicians in the Arab world to post videos playing the HBO fantasy epic's theme tune, but with a regional spin.

The latest video making the rounds online is that of Yemeni piano player Mohamed Alghnoom, along with other musicians. They play what Alghnoom, who posted the videos, calls the Hadrami style, pertaining to the area of Hadramaut in the southern part of Yemen.

"Long live the Hadramis. Long live the Starks," one viewer commented on the video, which has been watched more than 155,000 times since it was posted six days ago.

Just three days ago, Saudi Arabian a cappella singer and Hayajan band member Alaa Warde posted a video of his Game of Thrones cover.

For years, Warde has been known for creating fun videos of song covers, including one on the evolution of Arabic music that went viral. This one will certainly not be any less popular.

If you're a buzuq lover, then you might want to check out this video posted just two weeks ago by Iyam El Lira, a Lebanese band of young musicians. According to their Facebook page, they're a band that "takes you to the Golden era of melodies".

With the melancholic nay instrument, they surely take us back to the (albeit fictional) days of Ned Stark.

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Updated: May 2, 2019 11:53 AM

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