Rhythm is the key factor, the fundamental meaning to any song. Rhythm is what orchestrates how fast or slow the entourage of instruments are played. It is the decisive factor to the characteristics of how a song means to the player and listener. But in middle-eastern music and culture, rhythm is THE conductor because the darbuka is not only an instrument that sets the beats but it sets the mood as well. Today we will discuss three rhythms used in both modern and olden day pieces; Malfuf, Maksum and Baladi.