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.
"We had been promised a six-hour session, but when evening came the Maalem informed me that he would have to leave with his troop earlier than we had agreed, in order to go some 40 miles away to play all night at a wedding, so after some for and a half hours we broke it up. "El Haït” was his attempt to create a feeling of finality.
Number three was a great success with the crowd when I played it back, mainly because any present had heard the Maalem perform the identical piece at the moussem (annual pilgrimage) of Moulay Abdeslam, the most popular local saint. The people travel for days on donkeys and on foot to the top of a high mountain where them moussem is held. There they spread tents (some 50,000 of them) and remain for a week or so, enjoying themselves vastly, and only incidentally observing religious prescriptions as a kind of social obligation. Moulay Abdeslam is the most important moussem in northern Morocco."
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