A master of the rebab (spiked fiddle), Abdelkrim Rais had a major influence on the evolution of contemporary Moroccan Andalusian music. His publications, including Collige I Al-Haik Poems in 1982, provide a rich source of material that continues to be performed. The director of the Academy of Music in the imperial city of Fez, Rais led the city's Orchestra of Andalusian Music until his death at the age of 84. The orchestra has continued under the direction of Mohamed Briouel.
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