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Zrihan, Emil
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Emil Zrihan was born in 1954 in Rabat, Morocco, and moved with his family to Israel when he was nine years old. A singer in the Judeo-Andalusian musical tradition of Morocco, he began his professional career at the age of thirteen. Since then, noted for his rich, multi-octave countertenor voice, he has performed throughout the Middle East and Europe with Jewish and Arab musicians. He first toured North America in 1999.

Known to fans as the “Moroccan nightingale” and “voice of the mockingbird,” Zrihan sees his music as a bridge between two worlds. He incorporates…

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Mark Kligman, “Zrihan, Emil”, in: Encyclopedia of Jews in the Islamic World, Executive Editor Norman A. Stillman. Consulted online on 03 December 2021
First published online: 2010



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