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Saad Lamjarred New Song Earns Guinness World Record Achievement

Rabat- Saad Lamjarred's hit single, entitled "Lmaallem" (the boss), has earned Guinness World Record achievement, amassing 22,854,222 views in a mere three weeks after the video clip was first uploaded to video sharing site YouTube on May 2nd. Lamjarred's 4 minutes, 14 seconds catchy song has seen a wide stamp of approval in Morocco and throughout the Arab world, generating 158,529 YouTube likes as of this ...

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Ballake Sissoko, Debashish Mesmerize Audience at Fez Festival of Sacred Music

Fez - Ballake Sissoko and Debashish Bhattacharya stunned the audience on the fourth day of the Fez Festival of Sacred Music, performing beautiful artistic pieces that mesmerized the spectators. After heavy rain on Sunday, organizers worked hard to make the Batha Museum suitable to host the concert. The entire morning was spent mopping to prepare the venue. At 4:30, audiences witnessed what might turn out to ...

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Malian Singer Oumou Sangaré: “We Need to Approach Our Origins through Music”

Fez - Often called the diva of Mali, singer Oumou Sangaré speaking in French talked about the artist’s role in redefining the perception of Africa. “In Africa we have a tendency to forget the past. We have to remember where we came from. Even the artists. We need to approach our origins through the music. Africa is rich. People think it’s poor, but it’s not so. [The wealth of Africa] is in your head and in ...

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Tiken Jah Fakoly: “I Am Full of Hope”

Fez - Sunday’s concert at Bab al Makina, unfortunately postponed due to unseasonal storms, was to have featured two famous singers on the African continent: Tiken Jah Fakoly from Côte D’Ivoire and Oumou Sangaré from Mali. With this year’s festival being dedicated to Africa, the two singers will perform this concert to convey the “African Spirit.” The singers gave a press conference on the eve of their perfo ...

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Fez Sacred Music Festival: Storms Cause Postponement of Tonight’s Concert

Fez - Heavy rain and storms today in Fez have forced the organizing committee of the 21st annual Fez Festival of World Sacred Music to postpone tonight’s Spirit of Africa concert scheduled at Bab al Makina. “The Spirit of Africa concert scheduled tonight at Bab Makina at 21h has been postponed due to weather conditions (rain and thunderstorms),” a press communique obtained by Morocco World News stated.  “We ...

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Fez Festival: Saber Rabaï Concert Marred By Technical Difficulties

Rabat - While the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music got off to a good start in its opening concert on Friday, the concert Saturday night of popular Tunisian singer Saber Rabaï at Bab al Makina ran into problems with rain and technical difficulties. Unanticipated heavy rain during the day and an apparent lack of any rain contingency planning caused technical difficulties with the sound equipment on the unco ...

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Fez World Sacred Music Festival Pays Tribute to Africa

Fez - Attendees of opening night of this year’s music Festival in Fez were blown away by a combination of illuminating graphics, vibrant costumes, and ambient music to tie it all together. The story of Fes: an African Reflection was told through movement and sound through the interpretation of a group of talented musicians, dancers, and artists. The Fez Festival of Sacred Music began on 22 May 2015. Opening ...

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Princess Lalla Salma Chairs Opening Ceremony of Fez Festival of World Sacred Music

By Elisabeth Myers and Amjad Hmidach Fez - Princess Lalla Salma, consort of King Mohammed VI, chaired on Friday the opening ceremony of the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music. Honoring Fes’ history and spirit of tolerance and transcendence, Morocco’s Princess Lalla Salma, wife of King Mohammed VI, opened the 21st Annual Festival of World Sacred Music yesterday in Fes with a spectacular opening concert, in e ...

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Once Upon A Time…..Hassan Al Wazzan/Leo Africanus

Fez - The spiritual capital of Morocco will once again open its doors to an assortment of live performers and musicians for the 21st Annual Fes Festival of World Sacred Music. The Medieval city will lend itself as a grandstand to an assortment of performances and concerts set to kick off this weekend under the theme “Fez: A Reflection of Africa and its Music.”  Visitors heading to Fes for the Festival of Wo ...

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Minister Criticizes Clothing of Some Artists Who Perform at Mawazine Festival

Rabat - Transportation Minister Aziz Rabbah does not appear to be happy with the "clothing habits" of some of the artists invited to take part in Morocco's flagship festival, Mawazine.  Speaking at a forum on Tuesday, the PJD Minister criticized the clothing of some artists who will perform at the Mawazine Festival, saying their dress does not respect "Moroccan values.” "Morocco is an open country (…), but ...

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Fes Festival of World Sacred Music: Celebrating Africa

Rabat - The 21st edition of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music celebrates Africa. The theme for this year’s edition of the Fes Festival of World Sacred Music is Fes in the Mirror of Africa. This 2015 edition will showcase concerts and forums that will evoke the travels of Hassan al Wazzan, also known as Leo Africanus, an Andalusian Berber diplomat and North African explorer. The forums will also involve ...

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The return of Aflak

By Najoua Bijjir Rotterdam - “As a young boy I was even looking for Aziz Aflak in his hotel… And now I am his spokesperson. That was unthinkable.” Who doesn’t recognize them from the late 80’s? The music group Aflak. They were young, cool and immensely popular. Besides that, Aflak also created a new musical sound that involved the support of real ‘computers.’ Curious about what happened to Aflak since their ...

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