• Famous French Singer Maitre Gims Performs Omra in Mecca
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    Famous French Singer Maitre Gims Performs Omra in Mecca

    Rabat -  Famous French-Congolese Singer Gandhi Djuna, commonly known as Maitre Gims, has shared on social media pictures of him in Mecca where he went to perform omra (minor pilgrimage). Gims, who converted to Islam in 2004, is seen wearing a Moroccan gandora and Gulf countries’ national attire. Saoudien Style ? Une publication partagée par...

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  • In the Face of Terror, Ariana Grande Sings On
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    In the Face of Terror, Ariana Grande Sings On

    Rabat - On Sunday night, the “One Love Manchester” benefit concert was hosted by pop star Ariana Grande at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground. The concert, held in response to the May 22 bombings, raised money for victims of the attack through the We Love Manchester Emergency Fund. The benefit was the Grande’s first show...

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  • Ahmed Chawki
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    Habibi… We Love Your Music

    By Najoua Bijjir Amsterdam - “There were times I couldn’t find a job and when I lived through hardship.” Launching mega-hit after mega-hit. Collaborating with superstars like Pitbull, and signing on with none other than music producer RedOne. Ahmed Chawki, the guy who has been successful in merging Moroccan-Arab-music with western pop. He’s brought worlds that...

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  • Ramadan Nights 2017
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    Music and Exile: Ramadan Nights to Kick Off on June 2

    Rabat - Initiated by the Moroccan French Institute, the 11th Annual Ramadan Nights will be held June 2 to 6 in 11 Moroccan cities to narrate, through different tongues and one language, stories of exile, migration and cultural mixing. Vibrant shows during Ramadan summer nights are one of the perks of the event, while striking...

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  • Alpha Blondy’s Mawazine Performance Champions Peace and Unity
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    Alpha Blondy’s Mawazine Performance Champions Peace and Unity

    By Erin Dunne Rabat - On the last night of Mawazine Alpha Blondy delivered a soulful performance at the Bouregreg stage. As the packed crowd danced to his internationally celebrated reggae music, Alpha Blondy urged those in attendance to celebrate religious unity and called for peace around the world. Alpha Blondy, originally from the Ivory Coast,...

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  • Demi Lovato and Asma Lamnawar Dazzle Audience in Mawazine Musical Feast
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    Demi Lovato and Asma Lamnawar Dazzle Audience in Mawazine Musical Feast

    Rabat - From the Mawazine Festival’s many stages to free street performances, day eight of this year’s event was a musical feast for every palette. Headlining the night of performances was music star, Demi Lovato, a name synonymous with the current popular music scene. The OLM stage saw Lovato perform a string of hits including...

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  • Alpha Blondy IN rabat. Photo by Wahid Tajani
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    Alpha Blondy Reminds Young Artists of Faith in God

    Rabat - The legendary Ivorian singer Alpha Blondy addressed young artists aspiring to international fame on Saturday, that “faith in God fulfills dreams.” Prior to his Saturday night concert in Rabat during the Mawazine World Rhythms festival, the Ivorian singer and songwriter Alpha Blondy gave an interview to the press where he expressed his “pride”...

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  • DJ Snake Gives Rabat a 'Blast' at Mawazine
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    DJ Snake Gives Rabat a 'Blast' at Mawazine

    By Eman Ech-chefaa Rabat - DJ Snake made the audience at Mawazine's OLM Souissi stage dance crazily its his unbelievably magical beats last night. Performing songs like “Lean On”, which has more than 2 billion views on YouTube, the mind-blowing DJ made the night unforgettable. He also surprised the public by bringing the Rai music...

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  • Majid Al Mohandis Concert. Photo by Youness Hamiddine
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    Mawazine Draws Locals and Foreigners to Rabat

    By Erin Dunne Rabat - After a successful opening weekend featuring performances by international stars including Wiz Khalifa, Ellie Goulding, MHD and others, the Mawazine Festival Rhythms of the World was off to a good start. For those who attended some of the many shows, it is easy to understand why: the free festival is easily...

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  • Lauryn Hill Delivers an Unforgettable Show for Mawazine’s 4th Day
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    Lauryn Hill Delivers an Unforgettable Show for Mawazine’s 4th Day

    Rabat - On the 4th day of Mawazine Festival 2017, superstar Lauryn Hill came to set fire to the stage in an incredible show. For over an hour, the singer of the mythical group The Fugees got the crowd to sing along with her the sounds of the best hip-hop tunes of the 1990s. The...

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  • Wiz Khalifa’s Mind-blowing Mawazine 2017 Performance
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    Wiz Khalifa Complains about 'Non-Existent Nightlife' in Rabat

    Rabat - American famous rapper, Wiz Khalifa, has expressed frustration on Twitter over what he called “non-existent nightlife” in Rabat. The rapper has been in Rabat as part of Mawazine Music Festival where he preformed on Saturday in OLM Souissi. During his stay in Rabat, the 30-year-old rapper Wiz Khalfia was apparently in search of some...

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  • Wiz Khalifa’s Mind-blowing Mawazine 2017 Performance
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    In Pictures: Wiz Khalifa’s Mind-Blowing Mawazine 2017 Performance

    By Eman Ech-chefaa Rabat - The American rapper Wiz Khalifa blew up the OLM Souissi stage Saturday, May 13, performing some of his most famous songs and collaborations such as “Black and Yellow,” “See You Again,” and “Payphone.”   It was obvious that the Moroccan audience was excited and ready to listen to their favorite...

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  • mawazine festival
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    Mawazine Festival Celebrates Cultural Diversity Through Music

    Rabat - Mawazine Rhythms of the World Festival, which celebrates its 16th birthday this year, has become an international musical rendezvous in honor of cultural diversity, with a collection of artists coming from every corner of the globe. Rabat’s annual cultural event, with its various stages, is sure to meet everyone’s eclectic musical taste. On...

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  • British Super Star Ellie Glouding
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    Ellie Goulding Shines Under Mawazine’s Opening Night Lights

    Rabat - This year, the Mawazine Festival has once again set the bar very high. British superstar Ellie Goulding opened the premier night of the festival and fans flocked from everywhere to see her enthralling performance. After a difficult battle with anxiety, which forced her to cancel many shows last summer, Goulding is back on...

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  • Tan-Tan Hosts 13th Annual Tan-Tan Moussem Festival
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    Tan-Tan Hosts 13th Annual Tan-Tan Moussem Festival

    Rabat - Thousand of people are gathering in the southern Moroccan city of Tan-Tan to celebrate the 13th annual Tan-Tan Moussem Festival, running May 5 to 10. Senegal will be the country of honor at this year's edition, highlighting the the two countries' similar cultural heritage and their shared historical and spiritual ties. The event,...

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  • Moroccan saxophonist Abdel Mabrouk’s latest album, “Ahwach Jazz”
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    Ahwach Meets Jazz: a ‘New Global Rhythm’

    By Alexander Jusdanis Rabat - ‘Any country that forgets its heritage has nothing’: One Moroccan Saxophonist’s Quest to Make Ahwach a ‘New Global Rhythm’ Moroccan saxophonist Abdel Mabrouk’s latest album, “Ahwach Jazz” isn’t just a unique experiment in fusion — it’s an attempt to make one of Morocco’s lesser-known musical traditions “go international.” MWN sat...

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  • RedOne Produces Album for Rai Star Faudel
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    RedOne Produces Album for Rai Star Faudel

    Rabat - After producing an album for Khaled, the King of Rai, Moroccan producer, RedOne, is collaborating with “the Prince of Rai,” Faudel, on his latest album. Faudel, who has been absent from the musical scene for a while, will release a new album produced by RedOne. The two artists made the announcement at a press conference...

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  • Saad Lamjarred
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    Saad Lamjarred Awarded Twice at First Annual Arab Nation Music Awards

    Rabat - A few days after his release under electronic surveillance, Saad Lamjarred was given two awards at the first Annual Arab Nation Music Awards held on Sunday, April 23 in Beirut. Lamjarred’s song "Ghaltana,” received the Best Song of the Year Award and the Best Song of the Maghreb Award. The now-infamous celebrity also...

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  • The Moroccan Gold Eldorado
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    The Moroccan Gold Eldorado, a Myth or a Reality?

    Rabat - Recently, a conspiracy theory video about a large gold discovery in Morocco is making rounds online. The video claims that a substantial gold reserve was discovered and is being extracted by a Canadian mining company called Maya Gold and Silver. We Moroccans are very proud human beings, we love our country and cherish...

  • Qatar's Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani
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    Qatar: How the Tables Are Turning in The Gulf

    Rabat - Amidst harsh sanctions and a long list of demands from its neighbors, Qatar’s ability to thrive under pressure may prove to be problematic for Saudi Arabia. As Saudi Arabia and its coalition attempt to wait out Qatar, the recent spat in the Gulf continues to become more and more global, and severely against...

  • FILE - In this Jan. 20, 2015 file photo, a plume of steam billows from the coal-fired Merrimack Station in Bow, N.H. If the nation doesn’t do more, the U.S. probably won’t quite meet the dramatic heat-trapping gas reduction goal it promised in last year’s Paris agreement to battle climate change, according to a new study. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
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    Climate Change : If You Can’t Measure It, You Can’t Fix It

    Chefchaouen - Climate change is happening at home and around the world. Chefchaouen is doing its part by embracing clean energy climate solutions and engaging its citizens in climate action. When it comes to fighting climate change, cities and local leaders are best positioned to lead that charge. Local leaders from coastal to landlocked communities are...

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    India Orders Internal Probe into Mistaken Use of Morocco-Spain Border Picture

    Hyderabad - The Indian Ministry of Interior on Wednesday ordered an internal investigation to find out how a picture of Morocco-Spain border was used in its annual report to show floodlights along the India-Pakistan border. What is most embarrassing is that the annual report of previous years was tabled during the Budget Session of Indian...

  • Amid Growing Tension, Thousands of Moroccans Stage Pro-Rif March in Rabat
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    Neglect in Harsh Soil: The Deep Roots of the Rif Crisis

    Rabat - The ongoing protests in northern Morocco started almost eight months ago, but they have their origin in nearly a century of violent repression by the state. The Rif has, in spite of itself, got involved into a peaceful revolt since the death of the fishmonger Mohcine Fikri at the end of October 2016, a...

  • Tamim Bin Hamad al Thani emir of Qatar
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    The Qatar Crisis: What Does It Mean?

    Rabat - The recent diplomatic fallout between Qatar and the rest of the Middle East could have serious economic and geopolitical consequences across the globe. Earlier this week, Qatar’s diplomatic crisis took an extreme turn as several Arab states severed diplomatic ties with the Gulf nation.  The original list of countries in the coalition against...

  • Moroccans spend Laylat al-Qadr, the 26th day of Ramadan, at the Hassan II mosque in Casablanca.
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    Ramadan: Not just Abstinence from Daily Intakes 

    By Abdellatif Oudra Rabat - The observance of Ramadan, one of the five pillars of Islam, compels Muslims to fast from sunrise to sunset. But it is not just about abstaining from food or drink.  Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, is observed in commemoration of the revelation of Qur’an to the prophet Mohammad,...

  • Morocco Threatens to Terminate Agriculture Agreement with Europe
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    Morocco and the EU: Managing the Future

    Rabat - Morocco enjoys proximity to Europe and is at an advantage of being favoured by the European Union as a close partner on political, economic, and cultural levels. Historical archives and political legacies tie Morocco directly with at least three influential European countries: France, Spain, and England. Demography, kinship, and immigration compel other EU...

  • The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab Spring
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    The Educational and Cultural Implications of the Arab 'Spring'

    Rabat - In the last ten years or so, the Arab world has seen unprecedented collapses in the realms of politics and economy, among others. World NGOs regularly release area-specific rankings, in which Arab nations commonly rank at the bottom of lists in education, human rights, and income for instance while they top those of...

  • Thousands Hold Peaceful Demonstration in Memory of Mouhcine Fikri
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    Al Hoceima and the Pedagogical Exercise

    Ottawa - What makes a democracy different from non-democracy? This is the classical and historical question asked by philosophers over the centuries and deeply questioned in the discipline of political science. Democracy cannot prevent inequality as the case in the United States where inequality is the highest globally. Democracy cannot stop corruption like in Brazil...