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Can Pharell William’s Freedom Repeat the Success of “Happy”?

Rabat - U.S. Soul singer Pharell Williams is at it again. After his global hit single "Happy" overtook the Internet and became the viral dance craze of 2013, he has just released his follow up “Freedom.” Pharell William’s “Happy” video led to a worldwide craze of remixes, commercials and mega fame. Although it's hard to imagine his follow up, which was just released two weeks ago, being any bigger than "Hap ...

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Paranoid Algerian Officials Order a Ban on Moroccan Music

Washington D.C - In a bizarre decree, the director of Algeria’s National Radio ordered all local and national channels to stop airing Moroccan songs, reported the pro-government website Algerie Patriotique. This decision is the latest chapter in Algeria’s “media war” to portray Morocco as the source of its political woes .It is indeed a sign of anxiety and anguish that has engulfed the Algerian government f ...

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Moroccan Songs Banned From Radio Stations in Algeria

Rabat - In an unprecedented move, Algeria’s General Directorate of National Radio has reportedly ordered all radio stations across the country to stop playing Moroccan songs. A report from the Algerian news website Algerie Patriotique said that local radio stations found in their headquarters a note from the General Directorate of National Radio that reads: “We’d like to bring to your attention that all the ...

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Dutch Moroccan Oasis: DJing Is More of a Hustle Than a Respected Profession

Rabat - Mr. Oasis is a Dutch Moroccan DJ, artist, producer, journalist, and entrepreneur based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. Also known as Casablanca Connect, he scored hits in Morocco such as ‘I’m from Morocco‘, 'Yallah', and ‘Ehey ey ey’. He has a great reputation on the international music scene. Morocco World News approached him for an interview related to his career and life, to inspire future Morocca ...

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Timitar Festival to Highlight Music from Around the World

Rabat - The 12th edition of the Timitar Festival will be held in Agadir, July 22 through July 25. This year, in addition to international music, the festival will highlight Amazigh culture. This edition will gather more than 20 artists on three different stages across the city of Agadir, under the theme of “Signs & Culture.” Ever since its inception in 2003, the festival has attracted hundreds of thousa ...

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POP UP STUDIO 2015 to Support Young Musicians in Morocco

Rabat - POP UP STUDIO 2015 offers master classes in music for young, talented individuals, providing them the opportunity to meet with Moroccan music professionals and have jam sessions to benefit the participants of past POP UP STUDIO programs. From July 23 to 25, the British Council and its partners will organize POP UP STUDIO 2015, which includes master classes and meetings with professionals that will t ...

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Morocco’s 2M Channel to Launch African Version of The Voice

Rabat - Morocco’s TV channel 2M is moving forward to launch the African version of the musical reality TV show ‘The Voice’. Al Ayam 24, citing sources from the channel’s administration, reported that state-owned 2M has allegedly signed a contract for exclusive rights to broadcast an African version of the singing competition, The Voice. The channel also owns the rights to the reality show, MasterChef Morocc ...

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Said Mouskir Accuses Morocco’s Gad El Maleh of Plagiarism

Rabat - Gad El Maleh is being accused of plagiarism. The Franco-Moroccan comedian released his newest song entitled "Dance de la Joie Lalala" on June 29th and has since gone viral, amassing over 400K views in three days. However, El Maleh has been accused of ripping off the melody and the rhythm of the song from Said Mouskir's hit song "Mama." A number of Moroccans and news outlets are pointing to similarit ...

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Before Morocco, Jennifer Lopez Had Also Stirred Outrage in the UK

Rabat - The controversy over Jennifer Lopez’ concert at the opening of Mawazine Festival made headlines worldwide, with many international media mocking the backlash that her performance elicited from Moroccans on social media and from the Moroccan government. But amidst this debate, many overlook the fact that the Jennifer Lopez had also stirred an outrage in the UK 2 years because of the way she was dress ...

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In Pictures: Usher Walks Down ‘Rabat Medina’ Streets

Rabat - American singer Usher Raymond took a stroll through the "medina," the old city of Rabat, Morocco during the Mawazine Festival on June 3, 2015. Along with his fiancee Grace Miguel, the American singer visited many places in Rabat during his stay in the Moroccan capital. Some of these places include the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, Museum Mohamed VI of Modern and Contemporary Art, and the old medina. Duri ...

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Record 2.65 Million People Attended Mawazine Festival

Rabat- The 14th edition of the annual Mawazine Festival drew a record 2.65 million spectators, organizers said on Sunday.  The Festival Mawazine Rhythms of the World, which was held in the Moroccan capital Rabat from May 29 to June 6, closed on a high note Saturday night with the performance of Maroon 5 group, artist Wael Kfoury and Chaabi Adil trio Miloudi Tahour and Daoudi. Despite the controversy caused ...

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‘Best View in the World’: Usher Says About Mawazine on His Twitter

Rabat - American singer Usher expressed his happiness to take part in Mawazine by posting a video on Twitter with the caption “Best view in the World.” Friday's Mawazine headliner Usher Raymond saw tens of thousands of fans dancing on their feet to the American R&B star's catalogue of international hits. Usher entertained the crowd with new hits and old, including 2004 hit Yeah! Featuring Lil Jon and Lu ...

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