• Rabat to Host First Fado Festival in April
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    Rabat to Host First Fado Festival in April

    Rbaat - Fado’s profoundly melancholic tunes will echo in Rabat in Spring during the first ever Fado Festival. For its first edition, the Fado Festival will introduce the history of traditional Portuguese musical genre through concerts, films, and conferences, taking place April 20 and 21 in Morocco's capital. The musical genre is best described by...

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    Moroccan DJ R3hab Ranked 21st Most Viewed DJ

      Rabat - Fadil El Ghoul, a Dutch DJ of Moroccan origin better known as his stage name DJ R3hab, ranked 21st in the top most viewed 100 DJs in 2016 by British electronic music magazine DJ Mag. R3hab is one of the most prominent figures of the Dutch House genre, alongside Afrojack and Chunkie....

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  • Mashrou' Leila to Perform in Rabat and Casablanca in April
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    Mashrou' Leila to Perform in Rabat and Casablanca in April

    Rabat - After having performed at Visa for Music in Rabat in 2014, Mashrou 'Leila will return to Morocco with  two concerts. The Lebanese band will perform in Casablanca  on Friday, April 21 and in Rabat on Saturday, April 22. The alternative rock band will be on stage at the Renaissance café in Rabat and at the Studio of Living Arts in...

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  • Majid Al Mohandis and Fares Karam to Perform at 2017 Mawazine Festival
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    Majid Al Mohandis and Fares Karam to Perform at 2017 Mawazine Festival

    Rabat - Majid Al Mohandis and Fares Karam and Fares Karam will perform at the 2017 Mawazine Festival Rhythms of the World, announced festival organizers Maroc Cultures on Tuesday. The 16th annual festival will mark the return of two famous singers from the Middles East. Majid Al Mohandis Iraqi Al Mohandis, who released his debut album, “Waheshny Mut”, as a...

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  • DJ Snake to Perform at 2017 Mawazine Festival in Rabat
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    DJ Snake to Perform at 2017 Mawazine Festival in Rabat

    Rabat - French DJ and record producer, DJ Snake will perform at the 2017 Mawazine Music Festival the event’s organizer, Maroc Cultures Association, announced on Sunday. William Sami Etienne Grigahcine, known as DJ Snake, will perform on OLM Souissi stage on Wednesday, May 17. The artist and producer of electro music is known for his...

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    International Gnawa World Tour Debuts in DC and New York

    Washington D.C. - The world-renowned Gnaowa and World Music Festival of Essaouira, in a unique and groundbreaking partnership with the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, will celebrate its 20th anniversary with a Gnaoua World Tour 2017 beginning in New York City on March 16. Young Gnawa musician Samir LanGus and...

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  • Alright Ghandi to Perform in Fes
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    Alright Ghandi to Perform in Fes

    Rabat - The German Band, Alright Ghandi, will perform a free a concert on Saturday, March 11 in Fes. Alright Gandhi draws its inspiration from various musical genres. It seamlessly fuses Moroccan and Arabic music, Andalusian music, Jazz and even English folk to create unique rhythms and tunes. The band’s members represent an interesting fusion...

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    Video: Will Smith Dances to Gnawa in Morocco

    Rabat - A YouTube video of famous American actor Will Smith dancing to the rhythms of Gnawa is taking social media platforms by storm. The eight-second video shows Smith surrounded by his friends, dancing to a Gnawa group playing the qraqab, the castanet-like instrument that provides the rhythmic foundation of the Islamic brotherhood's music. In...

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  • Alpha Blondy to Perform at 2017 Mawazine Festival in Rabat
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    Alpha Blondy to Perform at 2017 Mawazine Festival in Rabat

    Rabat - Ivorian reggae singer Alpha Blondy will perform at the 2017 Mawazine Festival: Rhythms of the World, announced Maroc Cultures, the festival's organizers, on Saturday. Blondy will perform at the closing ceremony of the 16th annual edition of the festival at the Bouregreg stage on Saturday, May 20, 2017. Born as Seydou Koné in...

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  • Lauryn Hill to Perform at 2017 Mawazine Festival in Rabat
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    Lauryn Hill to Perform at 2017 Mawazine Festival in Rabat

    Rabat - Singer-rapper Lauryn Hill will perform at 2017 Mawazine Music Festival, which will be held in Rabat on May 12-20, the event's organizer Maroc Cultures Association announced on Tuesday. "It is a golden voice and an exceptional artist who will come for a memorable concert in Rabat", said a statement by the Association. Singer-songwriter,...

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  • Jazzablanca Festival in Casablanca
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    Casablanca to Host Jazzablanca Festival

    By Safaa kasraoui Rabat - The annual Jazzablanca Festival, which is set to take place from 8 to 16 in Casablanca, will feature many Moroccan and international star performers. Since its inception in 2006, more than 400 artists have performed in the Jazzablanca Festival, making it one of the most important events for Jazz music....

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  • Charles Aznavour to Open Mawazine Festival
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    Charles Aznavour to Open Mawazine Festival

    Rabat - French singer Charles Aznavour will hit the stage on May 12 in Rabat for the opening of Mawazine festival’s 16th edition, the event's organizer Maroc Cultures Association announced on Wednesday. Aznavour is undoubtedly the greatest living French-speaking songwriter and one of the greatest voices of modern popular music, the source added in a...

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  • Lauryn Hill Rumored to Appear at Mawazine 2016
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    Lauryn Hill Rumored to Appear at Mawazine 2017

    By Alexander Jusdanis Rabat - Lauryn Hill, the award-winning R&B, soul, and hip-hop artist, will perform at the 16th annual Mawazine music festival.  Citing unnamed sources, Medias24 noted that Maroc Cultures, the foundation that organizes the annual festival, “refused to confirm this information.” “Our interlocutor invited us to wait for the official release of the...

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  • Teri and the Electric Blues Parade to Perform in Fes
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    Teri and the Electric Blues Parade to Perform in Fes

    By Safaa Kasraoui Rabat - Teri and the Electric Blues Parade will perform live on Feb. 16 at 7 p.m. at the ALIF Riad in Fez’s Batha neighborhood. This event was organized by the ALC-ALIF Music Club, which aims to provide students and the general public with free and open opportunities to engage with artistic...

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    Video Clip Celebrates Morocco’s Return to African Union

    Rabat - Following Morocco’s re-admission to the African Union (AU), Moroccan singer Jannat released a song entitled “Mama Africa,” in collaboration with the Togolese group, Toofan. The song celebrates Morocco’s return to the pan-African organization. A video clip from the song shows the Moroccan artist celebrating Morocco’s return to the AU, saying, “Welcome Morocco, here...

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  • Fez Festival of World Sacred Music to Celebrate African Roots
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    Fez World Sacred Music Festival to be Held on May 12-20

    Rabat - The 23rd annual World Sacred Music Festival is scheduled to take place from May 12-20, in the ancient city of Fez. It will host artists from around the world under the theme of water. President of the Fez Foundation and the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music, Abderrafih Zouitene said in a communiqué...

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  • ‘Deqqa Merrakchiya’ Performance at Singer Balqees Fathi’s Wedding Goes Viral
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    ‘Deqqa Merrakchiya’ Performance at Singer Balqees Fathi’s Wedding Goes Viral

    Rabat - A YouTube video showing Morocco’s “Deqqa Merrakchiya” performing at the wedding celebration of UAE-born Yemeni singer Balqees Ahmed Fathi Saudi to businessman Sultan Abdullatif, has gone viral. The two-minute video shows the newly wedded couple and their guests dancing to the rhythms of “Deqqa Merrakchiya,” a popular Moroccan folk musician from Marrakech. The...

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  • Saad Lamjarred
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    Criminal Charges Against Saad Lamjarred in the US Officially Dismissed

    Rabat - The charges levied against Saad Lamjarred in the United States were officially dismissed on Friday, according to the plaintiff’s attorney, Rifat Harb. Lamjarred’s U.S. charges date back to 2010, when a U.S. woman pressed charges against him, accusing him of rape. Earlier this month, however, it was announced that the plaintiff had renounced...

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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...