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The Master Returns: Hassan Hakmoun & the Electric Sintir at the Heart of Unity

By Derek Beres New York- The iconic musician who put North African trance traditions on the map is back with a soaring, hypnotic album with rock drive. It's a sound that seems to reach beyond time. The sintir, the three-string bass lute of Morocco, pulling ancient melodies from the air and leading the traditional Gnawa spiritual trance rituals that fire the Moroccan nights. It's music that's captured Wester ...

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Morocco’s Hassan Hakmoun in Top Ten Best Global Music of 2014

New York - The National Public Radio (NPR) has just published a ranking of the top ten best global Music for 2014. Morocco is honored in the ranking thanks to the album produced by Moroccan famous Gnawa musician, Hassan Hakmoun, who came fifth on the ranking. Hakmoun’s album made it to the list thanks to the song Ballili (my father). The artist’s album is the first he produced since 2002 when he had produce ...

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Nouamane Lahlou to Auction his Oudh to Help Flood-stricken Regions

Rabat - Moroccan singer, songwriter and compositor Nouamane Lahlou announced live on one of the radio programs his readiness to sell his Oudh in an auction and donate the amount it will generate to the victims of the floods that recently struck a number of regions in southern Morocco. In a philanthropic initiative, the Moroccan singer announced live through Asswat radio that he is willing to assume responsi ...

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Cheb Khaled to Algerians: I’m Moroccan & it’s None of your Business

Marrakech - After frequent and fierce criticism from Algerians, Algerian singer Cheb Khaled made his Moroccan identity clearer by saying to an Algerian audience, “I’m Moroccan and it’s none of your business”. The singer, who obtained the Moroccan citizenship by royal decree in August 2013, strongly defended his Moroccan nationality in front of a large audience at a recent concert in Algiers, according to Mo ...

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Star Academy Arabia Under Fire for ‘Rigging Votes’

By Anwar Nizar Seattle, Washington - Last Thursday the 12th prime of popular Middle Eastern singing competition, Star Academy, in its 10th season, left Moroccan viewers and most of the Arab world stunned. The night marked the exit of Moroccan contestant, Ibtissam Tiskat, from the show. She went up against Tunisian contestant, Ghada Jreidi, and was portrayed as having received less votes, leaving viewers per ...

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Madonna and Mariah Carey Attended Third Day of Prince Moulay Rachid’s wedding

Rabat- American Pop star Madonna and international singer Mariah Carey are believed to have attended the closing ceremony of the wedding of Prince Moulay Rachid and Lala Oum Keltoum on Saturday. According to news website 'Elaph', the two stars arrived in a private jet to attend the ceremony, before leaving on Sunday morning on the same plane. The same source added that the two American singers, who were amo ...

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Rabat Hosts the 4th African Creative Economy Conference

Rabat - Morocco will host the fourth annual African Creative Economy Conference (ACEC) in Rabat from November 13 through 15, 2014. The conference will operate under the theme “Towards an understanding of the creative and cultural industries in Africa." It will bring together practitioners, academics, policymakers, and stakeholders from 40 African countries and the entire world. ACEC will emphasize the signi ...

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Rabat to Host Visa for Music Festival

Fez - Visa for Music, a festival that promotes Arabic music and culture will be held from November 12 to 15 in Rabat. The first Visa for Music in Rabat is an opportunity for professional artists in the region to share ideas and speak about future projects. More than 650 artists, directors, festival managers, and producers have submitted their candidacy to participate in this event. The objective of Visa for ...

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Moroccan Singer Dounia Batma Accused of Plagiarism

Rabat - Moroccan young singer Dounia Batma has been accused of plagiarizing one of the songs featured in her first album from another Moroccan singer called Jihane. According to Al Quds al Arabi, both singers seem to have performed the same song composed by the same composer 'Badr Edaoudi' but under different titles. The other difference lies in the fact that the lyrics of the song in Dounia Batma's case ar ...

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American Band Maroon 5 in Mawazine Festival 2015

Rabat- Association Maroc Culture has revealed that the 14th edition of Mawazine Festival which is scheduled to take place between May 29th and June 6th, 2015 will see the participation of American Pop rock band Maroon 5. Formed in 1994, the group has released their newest album "V" on September. The album has quickly made it to the number one spot at the top Billboard of the best albums in the United States ...

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The Andalusian Music: A Bridge Between Muslim and Jewish Heritage

By Lynn Sheppard Essaouira- Every year in autumn, Moroccan Jewish diaspora, music lovers and cultural enthusiasts gather in the southern Moroccan coastal town of Essaouira for the Festival des Andalousies Atlantiques (Atlantic Andalucía Festival). The town is much better known among fans of World Music for its Gnaoua Festival in June. However, 'Les Andalousies,' as locals call it, highlights a completely di ...

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Marrakech-based B’net Al Houwariyate to perform at Walt Disney Florida

Rabat-Visitors of the Morocco pavilion located within Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida will now have the opportunity to meet "B'net Al Houwariyate", an internationally-acclaimed ensemble of female performers from Marrakech who play traditional instruments, dance and perform songs ranging from rural Amazigh chants to Chaabi festival rhythms. This is not the first time to see B'net Al H ...

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