• 2017 Mawazine Festival a Global Rendezvous
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    2017 Mawazine Festival a Global Rendezvous

    Rabat - Since its inaugural year in 2002, Mawazine has grown into one of the world’s largest and best-known music festivals. 2017’s lineup offers a full spectrum of musical genres, guaranteed to please. The Headliners Opening the festival this year is none other than “French Pop Deity” Charles Aznavour. Few have enjoyed a track record...

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  • Saad Lamjarred Adresses First Message To Fans After His Release
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    Saad Lamjarred Adresses First Message To Fans After His Release

    Rabat - Just 24 hours after his release from prison in Paris, Moroccan mega star singer, Saad Lamjarred, made his first public appearance. In a video posted on Youtube on Saturday, Lamjarred is seen surrounded by friends cheering for his liberty. A few hours ago Lamjarred posted on a message on Facebook. He thanked his friends...

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  • French Montana and RedOne Shoot Their New Video in Tetouan
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    French Montana and RedOne Shoot Their New Video in Tetouan

    Rabat - Moroccan-Swedish songwriter and record executive, Nadir Khayat, better known as RedOne, has appeared in a video along with his team, in the streets of Tetouan city while shooting the new video for Moroccan rapper, French Montana. The one-minute video shows French Montana filming a video with his phone while simultaneously listening to Algerian singer,...

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  • Mohammed V Theater to Host Iconic Stars During 2017 Mawazine Music Festival
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    Mohammed V Theater to Host Iconic Stars During 2017 Mawazine Music Festival

    Rabat – If you have a taste for live concerts and culturally vibrant music, you are in luck. Rabat's Mohammed V National Theatre will play host to iconic stars during the Mawazine Music festival, held from May 12-20. Charles Aznavour The inauguration of the festival’s 16th Annual edition will see the appearance of “French Pop Deity”...

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  • Amazigh, Raï, Gnaoua, Châabi, Hassani and Hassani Artisist to Perfom at Mawazine
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    Amazigh, Raï, Gnaoua, Châabi and Hassani Artists to Perfom at Mawazine

    Rabat - Amazigh, Raï, Gnaoua, modern music, Châabi and Hassani music artists will perform during the 2017 MawazineFestival Rhythms of the World. The 16th annual festival will be marked by the performances of several Moroccan singers representing different musical forms that distinguish the diversity of Moroccan culture. The performances will take place on Salé’s stage throughout the...

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  • Georges Wassouf to Close the 2017 Mawazine Festival
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    Georges Wassouf to Close the 2017 Mawazine Festival

    Rabat - Closing night at the Nahda stage will certainly be worth the wait, as long-awaited Syrian singer Georges Wassouf will make his comeback in Morocco, announced the event's organizer Maroc Cultures Association on Friday. Wassouf is considered one of the pioneers of Arabic song. His inimitable voice and great titles have marked several generations....

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  • Program of 23rd Fez Festival of World Sacred Music Presented in Barcelona
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    Program of 23rd Fez Festival of World Sacred Music Presented in Barcelona

    Barcelona - The program of the 23rd edition of the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music (May 12-20) was presented on Thursday evening during a meeting at the El Born cultural center in Barcelona. The festival, to be held under the patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, will highlight this year the symbolism of water,...

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  • Nick Jonas to Perform at Mawazine Festival in Rabat
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    Nick Jonas to Perform at Mawazine Festival in Rabat

    Rabat - American singer, songwriter, producer, and actor Nick Jonas will perform at the 16th edition of Mawazine Music Festival, to be held in Rabat (May 12-20), the event's organizer Maroc Cultures Association announced on Wednesday. Nick Jonas was born in Dallas, Texas, in 1992. He began his career in theater as a young boy and...

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  • Italian-Moroccan Pop Icon, Malika Ayane to Perform in Rabat
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    Italian-Moroccan Pop Icon, Malika Ayane to Perform in Rabat

    Rabat - Italian-Moroccan pop star, Malika Ayane, will perform a concert at the Mohammed V Theater on April 8 in Rabat. Entitled "Viaggio,” the anticipated concert promises to offer a musical journey through Ayane’s various songs. The artist will be accompanied by a band composed of Daniele Di Gregorio (Drums and Percussion), Carlo Gaudiello (Piano and Keyboards),...

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  • Rock Icon Rod Stewart to Round Off 2017 Mawazine Music Festival
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    Rock Icon Rod Stewart to Round Off 2017 Mawazine Music Festival

    Rabat - British Rock Star Rod Stewart will perform at the 2017 Mawazine Music Festival at OLM Souissi. He represents yet another musical icon to be added to the list of international performers at this year’s festival, performing on Saturday May 20. Stewart’s unique voice and musical style have transcended all genres of popular music,...

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  • Nile Rodgers to Perform at Mawazine Festival
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    Nile Rodgers to Perform at Mawazine Festival

    By Safaa Kasraoui Rabat - The American artist, songwriter, guitarist and music producer Nile Rodgers will perform at the 2017 Mawazine Music Festival. The multiple Grammy-winning artist will perform on the OLM Souissi stage on May 14, said the festival's organizers, Maroc Cultures Association, who described Rodgers' impact on popular music as “indescribable.” Among music...

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  • Rabat 26/03/2017 (MAP) - For the 16th edition, the Mawazine Music festival will host Lebanese diva Najwa Karam and Egyptian superstar Tamer Hosny, who will perform respectively on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th May on the Nahda stage in Rabat, the event's organizer Maroc Cultures Association announced on Sunday. "Every year, Mawazine offers the public unforgettable evenings of Oriental music to the great delight of all generations," the source added in a press release. Najwa Karam is one of the most popular artists in the Middle East. With more than 60 million records sold worldwide, each of her albums has become a bestseller. In 1986 she recorded her first opus. Being a perfectionist, she enrolls at Beirut music school and soon after she was performing on the Arab stage in 1989, with titles such as Ya Hbayeb, Ma Bismahlak, Naghmet el Hob and Hazzi Helou. In 1994, Najwa Karam signed a contract with the Rotana label. Since then, the young woman has been reaping lots of titles and awards. Currently, Najwa Karam acts as a jury member in the “Arabs Got Talent” show. She has more than 20 albums to her credit. She is very often on tour in the Arab world, Europe and the United States. On May 18th, Nahda stage will host Tamer Hosny, the prince of the song of the young, the source said. Singer, actor, composer and director, Tamer Hosny started his music career from his teenage years. In 2002 the young man records his first single, Habibi Wenta B’eed. Tamer Hosny made his first steps in the world of cinema in 2003 with Halet hob. In 2004, his record, Hobb sold 700,000 copies. In 2007, he launches a third opus and in parallel stars in films like Omar & Salma 1 and 2 and Captin Hima. Tamer has more than 16 albums to his credit. He has also received numerous awards. the 16th edition of Mawazine festival will be held in the cities of Rabat and Salé on May 12-20. Established in 2001, the Mawazine Rhythms of the World Festival is the essential rendezvous for music amateurs in Morocco with, for the last 15 years, over 2 million festivalgoers at each edition. Held every month of May over nine days, Mawazine offers a rich and diversified program where world stars from the four corners of the world make of the cities of Rabat and Salé a world stage for music.
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    Najwa Karam, Tamer Hosny to Perform at Mawazine Festival in Rabat

    Rabat - For the 16th edition, the Mawazine Music festival will host Lebanese diva Najwa Karam and Egyptian superstar Tamer Hosny, who will perform respectively on Wednesday 17th and Thursday 18th May on the Nahda stage in Rabat, the event's organizer Maroc Cultures Association announced on Sunday. "Every year, Mawazine offers the public unforgettable evenings...

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  • Merzouga to Host International Music Festival
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    Merzouga to Host International Music Festival

    By Safaa Kasraoui Rabat - The 5th International Festival of Merzouga will take place April 13 to 16. The event aims to provide national and international attendees with an opportunity to discover and explore the region's beauty, cultural richness and traditions. The four-day event will gather together international musical artists to celebrate their art within the desert...

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  • US Rapper Wiz Khalifa
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    US Rapper Wiz Khalifa to Perform at Mawazine Festival

    Rabat - Maroc Cultures announced Thursday that American rap artist Wiz Kalifa will appear at this year’s Mawazine Festival, “Rhythms of the World.” Kalifa is set to perform from festival’s OLM stage on Saturday, May 13th, 2017. Best known for his hit “Black and Yellow,” the artist gained mainstream recognition with the release of his third studio album...

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  • Demi Lovato To Perform at 2017 Mawazine Music Festival
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    Demi Lovato To Perform at 2017 Mawazine Music Festival

    Rabat - American singer and actress Demi Lovato will perform on the OLM Souissi stage at Mawazine 2017 on May 19, yet another widely-known name to be added to the list of international performers at this year's festival. A childhood idol of millenial teenagers, Lovato rose to fame in 2008 when she acted in the...

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    Video: Gnawa Rocks the Kennedy Center in Washington DC

    Rabat - Maalem Hamid El Kasri and Maalem Abdeslam Alikkane took to the stage for an evening of music and cultural exchange as part of the Gnaoua Festival Tour 2017. After making their American debut in New York on Thursday, the world-class musicians performed at Lincoln Centre in Washington on Sunday and delivered a show rich in Afro-Islamic...

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  • French Rapper Booba to Perform at Mawazine Festival 2017
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    French Rapper Booba to Perform at Mawazine Festival 2017

    Rabat - French rapper Booba will perform at the 2017 Mawazine Music Festival, announced the event’s organizer, Maroc Cultures Association. Elie Yaffa, better known under his stage name Booba, will perform at the OLM Souissi stage on May 16. Booba first began his career as a break dancer, but soon later found his passion in...

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  • Art is Not a Crime: Sit-In to Protest Street Music Ban in Casablanca
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    Art is Not a Crime: Sit-In to Protest Street Music Ban in Casablanca

    Casablanca - Following the ban of street musicians from performing in Casablanca’s streets, a sit-in will be held on March 18 in Casablanca to show solidarity with the artists. The sit-in, first announced on Facebook, was strongly welcomed on social media, with over 1000 person confirming their attedance at the sit-in and over 4000 saying...

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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...