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Oman, Al Wusta Governorate, 29, Muscat, Oman
Ministry of Information, PO Box 2000, Seeb, Muscat, Oman
+968 243 59 392
Established in 1984 by His Majesty Sultan Qaboos bin Said, this is a research centre for Omani traditional music operating under the Jurisdiction of the Ministry of Information and the Ministry of National Heritage and Culture. The aim is to collect and document the country's musical heritage and general folklore to ensure that it is preserved for future generations. The collection houses a vast collection of more than 23,000 photographs, sound recordings and video tapes of music as well as slides and photographs from each region of the country, including sea and fishing songs, celebration songs, Bedouin traditional music and traditional mountain music. These have been placed on a digitised database.