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Musician Driss Berrada performs on the oud and talks about its place in Arabic music. The oud has six strings and the player plucks them with a long, thin, flexible plectrum made from a piece of ivory.

Music for the oud is 'full of poetry' and based on classical Arabic and the Arabic dialect. An Andalusian orchestra mixes traditional Arabic instruments with string instruments such as cello and violin. They play a style of Arabic music found across North Africa, although it evolved out of the music of Andalusia between the 9th and 15th Centuries.
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10 June 2009

Classroom Ideas

Students working in pairs could research the history of the oud and its similarity to the lute. Research the music of Andalusian tradition. Ask students to explain why this style of music is still popular today.

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