Mijwiz, Arabic for "dual",
is a double-pipe, single-reed instrument (sometimes referred to as a
"double-clarinet") popular in Syria, Lebanon, and Palestine. It is
predominantely used to accompany the dabkah, or line dance, at weddings and other
festive celebrations. The mijwiz is one of the oldest wind instruments, with
counterparts in antiquity. Comparable instruments in Egypt are the zummârah and
the arghűl, which uses one of the two pipes as a drone.
In folk communities of the Near East, the nasal sound of the mijwiz
has distinct rustic connotations and an almost magical effect upon the listeners.
Video demonstration on the mijwiz by Ali Jihad Racy