Rachid Idir Aadnani is a Moroccan-born, American photographer and academic who took up photography after coming to the United States. He archives samples of his work on his website atTizi.org, and his photography has been published on a number of websites and other publications.
Rachid is affiliated with the Program in Middle Eastern Studies at Wellesley College where he teaches Arabic language and literature. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature and Translation Studies from the State University of New York at Binghamton, an MA in Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College, and a Masters in Foreign Language Pedagogy from the Ecole Normale Superieure in Meknes, Morocco. His academic work is focused on the languages, cultures and literatures of North Africa and the Middle East.
Performers: Maalem Abdeslam Sarsri el Mahet Arzila and Ensemble
Recorded by Paul Bowles.
At Arcila, Morocco.
August 27, 1959.
"The Berbers of Morocco have a propensity to place the vocal range of a piece somewhere around an octave higher than the register which would appear to be comfortable for their voices. The resulting muscular strain is both audible, in their efforts to reach the high notes, and visible, in the agonized expressions on their faces, (much as Flamenco singers are obliged to make strenuous grimaces while singing.)
The 5/16 plus 4/16 meter is a common one in Djebala music.”
Bowles, Paul F. "Arcila." from Folk, Popular, and Art Music of Morocco.
The Paul Bowles Moroccan Music Collection. Washington,
DC: American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, 1959-1962.
The Paul Bowles Moroccan Music Collection (AFC 1960/001), American Folklife Center, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Courtesy of the Paul Bowles Estate and Irene Hermann / Tangier American Legation Institute for Moroccan Studies