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The first time I heard Arabic oud was while watching my then- belly dance hero, Rachel Brice, dance live for the first time. She performed a gooey, wonderfully slow dance to what I thought was a flamenco guitar piece. Later I asked her what that guitar tune was and she had no idea what I was talking about… most likely because I had the instrument wrong.

This piece reminds me of that thing I loved so much about that first oud tune I heard. The musician is Saïd Chraïbi, a Moroccan oud player who recently passed. I’m in love with his musicianship and composition style.



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