In the beginning, Ghazal was also known as “Gamat” meaning happy and lively. Nowadays Ghazal Melayu is more well known as Ghazal Johor. Ghazal was first introduced in the Riao-Lingga palaces.
Among the instruments used in Ghazal include a harmonica, one set of drums (tabla), gambus (lute), violin, gitar, marvas (drum) and tambourine. The Ghazal Johor musicians usually comprise 7 to 9 people, wearing Baju Melayu with songkok and thesamping.