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Afro-Arab (also African Arab) refers to people of mixed African and genealogical Arab ancestral heritage, and/or to linguistically and culturally Arabized Africans. There are individuals and communities of Afro-Arabs in East Africa, West Africa, North Africa, the Near East and Western Europe.
"Afro-Arab" may also refer to the African Union's efforts to improve co-operation between African countries and those of the Arab world.
In the Arab States of the Persian Gulf, descendants of Sub-Saharan Africans from Tanzania and Zanzibar perform Liwa and Fann At-Tanbura music and dance. The mizmar is also performed by Afro-Arabs in the Tihamah and Hejaz regions of Saudi Arabia.
In addition, Stambali of Tunisia and Gnawa music of Morocco are both ritual music and dances, which in part trace their origins to West African musical styles.
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