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Sheikh Ahmed Obaid Qatabi was born in the city of Aden from an artistic family, and he received the origins of singing from his father, Haj Obaid Ali Balabil. The one who memorized singing from Sheikh Muhammad Dhafer, as the literary poet Ali bin Ali Sabra told me, and Sheikh Dhafer is one of the Sana’a singers, who also learned on his hands the singer-songwriter Ahmed Abdullah Al-Salmi. Sana’a, before going to Abyssinia. During his stay in Qataba, Hajj Obaid Balabil took from him what he had learned from the Yemeni singing methods, and he memorized what he had memorized from the poems.