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 Dec 17 - 23, 2009 
Rahim AlHaj, posed with an item included in “Stringed Instrument Match Up” in this week’s feature.

New Honors for Oudist Rahim AlHaj

By Mel Minter

“It’s true, I’m working my ass off,” says Iraqi oudist Rahim AlHaj, on the phone from his Albuquerque home, “composing music and commissioning music and making the oud recognizable with all these remarkable musicians, plus my practice time, which is six to eight hours a day.”

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