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Volubilis Celebrates Its Intl. Festival of World Traditional Music on Jul. 31- Aug. 3

Fez - The Moroccan Ministry of Culture is organizing the 15th session of the International Festival of World Traditional Music of Volubilis under the High Patronage of King Mohammed VI between July 31 and August 3. The 15th edition intends to build bridges between the past, present and future with the celebration of archaeological sites through their integration into the economic, cultural and environmental ...

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Nabyla Maan’s Breakthrough in Moroccan Music

By Abdellatif Zaki Rabat - Attending music rehearsals is always a privilege. And when a group that is about to set a trend is in the critical stage of formation of a new culture, the privilege is all the more precious. Six Moroccan musicians, singer Nabyla Maan, Tarik Hilal, professor of music, fine guitarist and composer, the brilliant musicians Nor Eddine Bahha on piano, Xavier Sarazin on drums, Hamza Sou ...

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Princess Lalla Salma Chairs Opening Ceremony of 20th Fes Festival of World Sacred Music

Fes  - Princess Lalla Salma chaired Friday in Fes, the opening ceremony of the 20th Fes Festival of World Sacred Music, held on June 13-21 under the auspices of King Mohammed VI, under the theme "The Conference of the Birds, "Journey of Cultures." Princess Lalla Salma joined the official stand where Her Royal Highness chaired the opening show of the festival, an original composition of traditional songs and ...

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Moroccan Singer Latifa Raafat Named Oriflame’s Beauty Ambassador for 2014

Casalanca- Latifa Raafat, one of the towering icons of Moroccan song, has been selected as the beauty ambassador for leading Swedish beauty cosmetics company, Oriflame. Moroccan diva Latifa Raafat was announced Oriflame’s new beauty ambassador for 2014 at the launch of a new cosmetic brand named The One. The announcement was made during the recently held annual seminar of Oriflame’ Directors. “We [Oriflame] ...

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Record Audience of 2.6 mln at 13th Mawazine Festival: organizers

Rabat- The 13th Mawazine Festival-Rhythms of the World (May 30-June 2) attracted a record audience of 2.62 million goers, Morocco-Cultures Association announced on Sunday. The closing concert on the Salé stage brought together at least 180,000 spectators to watch the performance of star Zina Daoudia, while headliner Alicia Keys hit the same evening the stage of OLM Souissi with her best R&B and Soul son ...

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Dounia Batma Criticized for Speaking Khaliji Arabic over Moroccan Darija

Casablanca- Moroccan singer Dounia Batma, who was listed among MWN’s most “Controversial Trinity” (Latifa Ahrar, Sina and Dounia Batma) in 2013, has recently come under fire from Moroccans on social networks—this time for speaking a dialect of Arabic other than the Moroccan darija on an Arab TV Show. Dounia Batma was recently the guest of Arab TV Show “Sabah Al Arabiya,” which is broadcast on Al Arabiya. Th ...

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Nass El Ghiwane band releases new album “Al Baraka”

Taroudant, Morocco - The legendary group that revolutionized Moroccan music during the 1970’s released a new album. Co-produced by the Association Maroc-Cultures and Music Disc Platinum, Moroccan music band Nass El Ghiwane marks its return to the world of music with a new album entitled "Al Baraka". The new album was performed on Saturday, during the 13th edition of Mawazine Festival along with more other s ...

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Kadem Saher honors Arab Classical music in Mawazine

Rabat - Famous Iraqi singer Kadem Saher gave on Tuesday evening, at the 13th edition of the Mawazine Fest, a wonderful performance celebrating refined Arab classical music. Even if this is Saher's third participation in the festival, he hit the stage and succeeded in entertaining the crowds with songs mostly from the poetry of late Nizar Qabbani. During a press conference before the concert, Kadem said he w ...

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Mawazine Festival, one of the world’s biggest music events: Kadim Al Sahir

Taroudant, Morocco - Iraqi singer Kadim Al Sahir said at a press briefing held an hour after his performance Tuesday at the 13th annual Mawazine international festival, Rhythms of the World that the festival has become one of the biggest events in the music world. Following his outstanding performance at the Nahda stage, the Czar of Arabic music added that “many artists wish to participate in this festival. ...

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‘Moroccan King of Rap” Performs in front of an Enthusiastic Mawazine Audience

Rabat - Mawazine, a festival billed to bring the ‘Rhythms of the World’ to Rabat and project an image of the capital as a multicultural, dynamic, international city to the world, has separated performances on its various stages according to the origins of the artists. Despite some questionable classifications (the French singer-songwriter Ben l’Oncle Soul performed at the ‘African’ stage on the Bouregreg), ...

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Morocco World News Exclusive: Mawazine Update

Rabat- Hello music lovers! We are just four days into the 13th Mawazine festival, and we’ve already seen dozens of dynamic performances from around the world. Attending multiple free concerts every day by internationally recognized musicians is not an easy task, but I’m happy to take on the task for you lovely MWN readers. We started with coverage of Justin Timberlake’s packed performance on opening night. ...

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Jennifer Grout Asked to Show Her Passport After Amazing Performance in Arabic

Casablanca - American singer Jennifer Grout, now one of the Arab World’s most popular sensations, stunned her Arab fans in her recent performance on the TV show “Shaklak Mich Gharib,” broadcast on Lebanon’s MBC 4. The TV show is based on the Spanish reality television franchise Tu cara me suena (Your Face Sounds Familiar). In it, contestants impersonate iconic singers. The top performer in each episode rece ...

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