The folk Muslim songs or Mappila songs
Mappila Paatt also known as Mappila Songs are traditional folk Muslim songs of Malayalam. They are mostly sung by the members of the Muslim community in Malabar in Kerala state, India.
Mappila Songs use a colloquial blend of Malayalam and Arabic languages. Sometimes languages like Tamil, Persian, Kannada and Hindi also find their place in these songs. The themes of this song may be diverse- devotion, love, satire, heroism. The rhythm of these songs is a perfect blend of Arabic and Malayalam folk tunes. Their metre is denoted by the term Isal.
Traditionally, they were transferred from one generation to another orally. Khasi Mohammed, Kunjayan Musaliyar and Moyinkutti Vaidyar are regarded to be the pioneers of t his unique musical branch.