Fez Sacred Music Festival: Storms Cause Postponement of Tonight’s Concert

Fez - Heavy rain and storms today in Fez have forced the organizing committee of the 21st annual Fez Festival of World Sacred Music to postpone tonight’s Spirit of Africa concert scheduled at Bab al Makina. “The Spirit of Africa concert scheduled tonight at Bab Makina at 21h has been postponed due to weather conditions (rain and thunderstorms),” a press communique obtained by Morocco World News stated.  “We ...

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Fez Festival: Saber Rabaï Concert Marred By Technical Difficulties

Rabat - While the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music got off to a good start in its opening concert on Friday, the concert Saturday night of popular Tunisian singer Saber Rabaï at Bab al Makina ran into problems with rain and technical difficulties. Unanticipated heavy rain during the day and an apparent lack of any rain contingency planning caused technical difficulties with the sound equipment on the unco ...

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Fez World Sacred Music Festival Pays Tribute to Africa

Fez - Attendees of opening night of this year’s music Festival in Fez were blown away by a combination of illuminating graphics, vibrant costumes, and ambient music to tie it all together. The story of Fes: an African Reflection was told through movement and sound through the interpretation of a group of talented musicians, dancers, and artists. The Fez Festival of Sacred Music began on 22 May 2015. Opening ...

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Princess Lalla Salma Chairs Opening Ceremony of Fez Festival of World Sacred Music

By Elisabeth Myers and Amjad Hmidach Fez - Princess Lalla Salma, consort of King Mohammed VI, chaired on Friday the opening ceremony of the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music. Honoring Fes’ history and spirit of tolerance and transcendence, Morocco’s Princess Lalla Salma, wife of King Mohammed VI, opened the 21st Annual Festival of World Sacred Music yesterday in Fes with a spectacular opening concert, in e ...

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Morocco’s Ifrane Among World’s Cleanest Cities

Rabat- Morocco's city of Ifrane was chosen among the world's cleanest cities, according to website Hassle.com, a London-based online booking and payment platform that connects customers with pre-vetted local cleaners. Ifranes is the only city from the African continent that has made it to the 28-city list.  "This ski resort does not have any industrial action, which means that citizens can enjoy largely unp ...

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Once Upon A Time…..Hassan Al Wazzan/Leo Africanus

Fez - The spiritual capital of Morocco will once again open its doors to an assortment of live performers and musicians for the 21st Annual Fes Festival of World Sacred Music. The Medieval city will lend itself as a grandstand to an assortment of performances and concerts set to kick off this weekend under the theme “Fez: A Reflection of Africa and its Music.”  Visitors heading to Fes for the Festival of Wo ...

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Will Nabil Ayouch’s Film Encourage Sex Tourism in Morocco?

Rabat - Nabil Ayouch's film "Much Loved (Zine li Fik)" about prostitution in Morocco's tourism hub Marrakech has divided the internet into two camps even before it hits movie theaters. The debate over the film rages on between those who praise the film based on what they claim is an "accurate portrayal of prostitutes' life" and those who criticize it because of its nudity scenes and use of shocking and vulg ...

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Minister Criticizes Clothing of Some Artists Who Perform at Mawazine Festival

Rabat - Transportation Minister Aziz Rabbah does not appear to be happy with the "clothing habits" of some of the artists invited to take part in Morocco's flagship festival, Mawazine.  Speaking at a forum on Tuesday, the PJD Minister criticized the clothing of some artists who will perform at the Mawazine Festival, saying their dress does not respect "Moroccan values.” "Morocco is an open country (…), but ...

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Fes Festival of World Sacred Music: Celebrating Africa

Rabat - The 21st edition of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music celebrates Africa. The theme for this year’s edition of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music is Fes in the Mirror of Africa. This 2015 edition will showcase concerts and forums that will evoke the travels of Hassan al Wazzan, also known as Leo Africanus, an Andalusian Berber diplomat and North African explorer. The forums will also involve ...

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Top 10 Stereotypes About Moroccans

By Zineb El Mechrafi Rabat - What do you think these myths are? Tea and coffee lovers? Gossipers in the cafes? Crazy drivers? Throughout the world, non-Moroccans have formed opinions about Moroccans —some are misguided viewpoints and others are somewhat more accurate. Have you ever wondered what the world thinks about Moroccans? Here are the top 10 m about Moroccans: 1. Moroccans are nomads roaming the dese ...

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Nabil Ayouch Responds to Critics of His Film on Prostitution

Rabat - French-Moroccan director Nabil Ayouch has rallied to the defense of his newest film "Much Loved (Zine Li Fik)" which has suffered divided reviews. The film, which is yet to be released in cinemas, is already the subject of some controversy in Morocco after several clips of the film were posted to YouTube. Over the last few days, some have criticized the film - which tells the story of four prostitut ...

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Red Carpet: Gaza Film to Recall the Death of 2000 Civilians

Karama-Gaza Human Rights Film Festival (Red Carpet) is a festival for short and long narrative and documentary films held in Gaza Strip on May 12-14 . It is the first festival that highlights human rights issues, mainly in Palestine and generally all over the world. The opening of the first day of the three-day festival’s activities held next to the debris of the destroyed homes in Sheja’eya neighborhood (A ...

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