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Moroccan-American Musician Rachid Halihal: Ambassador of Music and Culture

New York -Rachid Halihal is one of Morocco’s best ambassadors of music and culture. Rachid plays what he refers to as organic music —authentic music that reflects the real spirit, art, and traditions of North Africa and the Maghreb. Rachid Halihal is a world class musician specializing in the music of Morocco, North Africa, and Andalusia.A classically trained vocalist and instrumentalist, he is a virtuoso o ...

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Al-Asala band represents Morocco at “Sama’a” International Festival in Cairo

Cairo - Al-Asala band for prophet praising represents Morocco at the 7th round of “Sama’a” international festival for Sufi Chanting and Spiritual music, taking place this week in Cairo. From the Atlantic to the Gulf, Sufi Chanters from all the Arab Countries gathered at one of Cairo’s most significant historic landmarks, the Citadel, on Tuesday to perform a united spiritual symphony in praise of God. Inspir ...

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Lady Gaga Shows up in Istanbul’s Neighborhood in Islamic Headscarf

Rabat-  The American singer Lady Gaga, who was in Istanbul to perform in a concert, was seen wearing an Islamic headscarf and a long black dress in the streets of Ni?anta??, one of the busiest places in Turkey. While the pop diva entered many shops incognito, she did not leave Istanbul’s busiest neighborhoods unnoticed. The photo of the pop star was shared widely on twitter. ?stanbul konserinde sahnede soyu ...

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Chellah Jazz Festival Opens with a Fusion of European Jazz and Moroccan Music

Rabat - The 19th Chella Jazz Festeval kicked off in Rabat on Wednesday. This major event combined melodies from Moroccan and European artists, to use music as a vehicle for communication and dialogue between peoples. According to the festival's press release, the 19th session hosts 15 bands and 53 musicians coming from 15 European countries and from Morocco carefully selected for their high musical quality. ...

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Morocco’s Ribab Fusion Kicks Off Their US Tour at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C

By Georgina Welch Washington D.C - Last night Ribab Fusion kicked off their month long tour in the United-States with a concert on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. Ribab Fusion's music celebrates Morocco’s Amazigh (Berber) culture, moving from 70s-style funk to Afropop dance vibes, from slow jams to high-energy call-and-responses choruses. The one-stringed bowed ribab, an instru ...

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Marcel Khalife to Launch Music Institute in Tangier, Morocco

Taroudant, Morocco - Marcel Khalife, the renowned Lebanese composer, oud master and singer, is reportedly going to launch a big music institute that will bear his name in Tangier, according to Rai Al-youm. According to the same source, the famous Arab singer, 64, has collaborated with the Moroccan Ministry of Culture and the Mayor of Tangier to run a music conservatory called "Marcel Khalife Institute for m ...

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Hoba Hoba Spirit Opens DC Leg of US Tour at Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage

Washington DC - Moroccan band, Hoba Hoba Spirit, opened the second leg of the band’s month-long Center Stage tour to the United States with a concert at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage yesterday. Hoba Hoba Spirit, a Casablanca-based band, played to a full house last night for the second concert of its US tour, at the Kennedy Center’s Millenium Stage in Washington, D.C. Incorporating traditional Morocc ...

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Moroccan Band to perform in Israel Music Festival Amid Controversy

Taroudant, Morocco- A Moroccan music group known as "Chabab Al Andalous" Orchestra (the Andalous youth orchestra) are scheduled to take part in an Israeli music festival, “Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival 2014”, to be held in Israel from September 9 to 12. The participation of the Moroccan music band in the Israeli festival is stirring controversy, especially as it comes a few weeks after the end of the 50-l ...

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Arab Idol: Japanese singer Stuns Jury with Fairuz Song

Taroudant, Morocco- The Jury of the Dubai auditions for the season three premiere of Arab Idol on MBC 1 were charmed on Friday by the angelic voice of a Japanese when she started singing a classic song by Fairouz, Aatini al Nai. Nao Koyasu, 29-years-old, blew away the jury and the audience by her perfect rendition of one of the most beautiful songs of the Arabic diva, Fairusz. Having impressed the jury by h ...

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World Festival of Salsa Opens in Marrakech

Marrakech- For those who love to dance and desire a glamorous and exciting experience, the 7th World Festival of Salsa opens at le Palmeraie Resort in Marrakech on September 4th. Salsa, which originated in New York and incorporates swing dancing, hustle, and Cuban and Afro-Caribbean influences, has a global following. Salsa is a lively and enjoyable dance form featuring the rhythms and lively movements of L ...

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A’abidat E’rma Heritage Enriches Morocco’s cultural diversity

By Ouassima Boujrad Fez - The city of Khouribga [75 south east of Casablanca] organized the 14th session of the National Festival of A’abidat E’rma from August 22 to 24, in collaboration with the Moroccan Ministry of Culture, the Khouribga province, and the collective councils of Khouribga, Oued Zem and Abi Ja'ad. According to the Ministry of Culture, such national festivals like A’abidat E’rma are programm ...

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French Rapper La Fouine’s Music Video to be shot in Marrakech

by Ouassima Boujrad Fez - In a recent Tweet, French rapper La Fouine states that one of his music videos on his latest mixtape "Capitale Du Crime 4 (CDC 4)" will be shot in Marrakech, Morocco in the coming days. En plein tournage de clip pour #cdc4 Avec mon frero @Glenn_SmithDnp Rdv ce soir à Marrakech au Pacha #showdefou RT pic.twitter.com/Gitc5BU3zh — lafouine (@lafouine78) August 15, 2014 La Fouine’s rea ...

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