Zapin, A Folk Dance

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Introduction Zapin is a folk dance that is popular in Malaysia in the state of Johor, Pahang and Selangor. It is a Malay traditional dance accompanied by music and singing. The musical instruments use are the gambus, violin, harmonium and accordion. The marwas and the dock, the two types of drums, both double headed and cylindrical, with the dok having a much longer body than the marwas are also used . Muslim missionaries of the Middle East namely Persia and Arabia during the fifteenth century are said to be responsible in introducing Zapin to Malaya. Flamenco is a Spanish folk music and dance that are originated from the region of Andalusia in southern Spain. It 's both a musical style and a dance typical of Andalucia which includes singing (cante), guitar playing (toque) dance (aile) and handclaps (palmas). All are dependent on each other and it 's rare to see a performance where one of these cultural expressions is missing.. Flamenco music has the composition or mixture of many cultures, including Islamic, Andalucian , gypsy, Sephardic, and also Arabic. Therefore, the flamenco is unique.

ZAPIN During the olden days male dancers only were allowed to perform but now female dancers were included. Zapin will be performed exclusively during religious ceremonies, but now it has become a traditional entertainment for formal or informal events locally or internationally. The simple Zapin was performed to the rhythm of 1234.The foot was extended out to

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