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Attias, Moshe (Cheikh Mwīzo)
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Moshe Attias, the son of Yaʿaqov and Rina Attias (b. Meknes, 1937; d. Kiryat Ata, April 30, 2020), known as Cheikh Mwījo, was a composer, poet, singer and instrumentalist born and educated in Meknes.  One of the most authentic voices of Moroccan Jewry of his generation, he performed and recorded extensively secular and sacred songs in Judeo-Arabic and Hebrew.

LifeMany Moroccan Jewish performing artists and composers could trace a musical ancestry back several generations. Mwijo was no exception;  both his grandfather and father, who hailed from Fez, had…

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Edwin Seroussi, “Attias, Moshe (Cheikh Mwīzo)”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 04 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1878-9781_ejiw_SIM_000838>
First published online: 2021

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