Grands maîtres du Malûf constantinois
Abdelkrim Ben (1886-1940)
Born in Constantine, he enrolled as a cobbler in the family tradition, he benefits from the proximity and the protection of his maternal uncle Sid Ahmed and attaches like him to the directory of the Maluf. Even if its weak vocal qualities counteract a greater influence on the course of constantinoises music.
The reputation and authority of Abdelkrim Ben are related to the lute, the famous ' oud ' arbi so emblematic of the Constantine particpation. It is at the zenith of a constellation of exceptional lutenists like if Tahar Benkartoussa, Maurice Draï, Abdelkrim Benlmouffoq is necessary to Abdelkrim outsized talent and that build legends, sulphurous as a professional musician, pegged to the taste of partying indifferent to the income of its services. Between marginality and aesthetic excellence, his itinerary reflects the ambiguity of the urban musician.
Biography by Prof. Abdelmadjid Marshall, extracted from his book "Dictionary of the urban music of Constantine", editions of the free fields.