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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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Akon Attracts 190,000 Fans at Mawazine Festival

Rabat - 190,000 fans attended Akon’s concert in OLM Souissi on Wednesday in Rabat, Mawazine organizers said. Akon delivered his second performance - the last one was in Casablanca nine years ago. During the concert, Akon added an African flavor to his international show and thrilled the audience with his melodic voice and rhythmic dance influenced by Africa’s rich, cultural diversity. "Moroccan fans are the ...

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Sting Performs at Mawazine Festival for the Second Time

By Nahla Bendefa Rabat - British music veteran Sting performed for the second time at the OLM Souissi stage on Thursday in Rabat. Sting, who first came to the Mawazine Festival in 2010, came back for a highly anticipated concert accompanied by a five-piece band. The show opened up with 1993 hit-song If I Ever Lose My Faith In You before embarking the audience into a journey of discovery of his newest album  ...

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Moroccan Lawyer Files Complaint Against Jennifer Lopez for ‘Harming Morality’

Taroudant- A Moroccan lawyer filed an unusual complaint, on behalf of a client, on Tuesday, against both Jennifer Lopez and the president of the ‘Maroc Cultures’ association, under Articles 483 and 129 of the Penal Code. The complainant said that on Friday, May 29, "he was walking in the area OLM –the place where Jennifer Lopez gave her performance - when a crowd of both sexes, mainly minors, attracted his ...

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The University of Akron Jazz Quartet in Concert in Fez

Rabat - Four of the seasoned and talented faculty members of the University of Akron will be holding a Jazz Quartet Concert this weekend in Fez.  The concert will be held on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. in the American Language Center-ALIF garden. The Quartet, made up of four members from the Akron School of Music, started performing together in 2005. They toured in Chemnitz, Germany at jazz festivals, night clubs ...

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Fes Festival: Motown Comes to Old Town

Fez - Legendary Motown singing group The Temptations Review performed at Bab al Makina in the Fes Medina Thursday getting the audience on its feet to dance to the group’s old classics. Fans flocked to Bab al Makina to catch the Temptations Review in their cameo main-stage appearance in the World Sacred Music Festival on Thursday. The concert was a lively reprise of many of the group’s classic hits, with lea ...

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Record 200,000 People Attend DJ Avicii Concert at Mawazine Festival

Rabat -  The concert of DJ Avicii attracted over 200,000 festival-goers, on Monday at the OLM Soussi stage of Rabat, as part of the 14th Mawazine Festival-Rhythms of the World (May 29-June 6), according to the organizers. The fans were entertained by a memorable performance from DJ Avicii's rich repertoire, said on Tuesday Morocco-Cultures Association in a statement. The same day but at a different location ...

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Fez Festival: Nabil Benabdeljalil Takes Audience on a Journey from Africa to Europe

Fez - Moroccan composer and musicologist Nabil Benabdeljalil and the Zakharif Ensemble delivered an outstanding performance on Thursday afternoon at the Batha Museum, marrying oriental and occidental melodies and taking the audience on a voyage across cultures. The ensemble approaches music holistically and interprets it as a harmony of intricate, polyphonic compositions and arrangements that connect with t ...

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