Global stars descend on Morocco’s Mawazine festival

US singer Lauryn Hill performs during the 16th Mawazine World Rhythms International Music Festival in Rabat, Morocco on Monday. (Reuters)
Updated 17 May 2017
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Global stars descend on Morocco’s Mawazine festival

RABAT, Morocco: Music lovers in Morocco are getting a taste of the best in both regional and international music at this year’s Mawazine festival.
From US singers Lauryn Hill, Nile Rodgers and Wiz Khalifa to British stars Ellie Goulding and Sami Yusuf, Lebanese singer Nawal Al-Zoghbi and Egyptian star Tamer Hosny, the 16th Mawazine World Rhythms International Music Festival currently underway in Rabat is a rare musical bonanza.
Al-Zoghbi, who opened the “Lebanese Nights” at the festival, said she is honored to participate in the international festival.
She performed on most of her famous songs, including “Enaik Kadabeen” and “Tuwalaa.”
Headlining the OLM Souissi stage in Rabat, this was the second concert by Hill in the Arab world — her last being a 2015 show at the Carthage Festival in Tunisia.
Wearing a Fez cap, black and white polka dotted shirt, oversized sunglass and earrings, the 41-year-old rapper performed a set of 19 songs.
This year, the rest of the line up includes Anoushka Shankar, Rod Stewart, Demi Lovato, Syrian Badr Rami, Greek musician Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Peruvian singer Susana Baca, Tunisia’s Lofti Bouchnak, Spanish dancer and choreographer Rafael Amargo and Lebanese performer Jahida Wehbe. George Wassouf will close the festival on Saturday.


Weinstein reaches deal to settle civil proceedings for $44 million: report

Updated 24 May 2019
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Weinstein reaches deal to settle civil proceedings for $44 million: report

  • The deal, which has not yet been signed, aims to cover all civil proceedings filed against the fallen Hollywood mogul
  • The settlement does not exempt Weinstein from the criminal proceedings brought against him for sexual assault

NEW YORK: Disgraced Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has reached a provisional $44 million settlement with alleged victims and creditors, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
The deal, which has not yet been signed, aims to cover all civil proceedings filed against the fallen Hollywood mogul, including those in Canada and the United Kingdom.
Weinstein’s spokesperson denied to comment.
The settlement does not exempt Weinstein from the criminal proceedings brought against him for sexual assault, for which he will go on trial in September.
Weinstein — a catalyst for the #MeToo anti-harassment movement — has been charged over the alleged assaults of two women and faces life in prison if he is convicted at the trial, which could last five weeks.
In addition to the alleged victims and creditors, the settlement covers the proceedings started by former New York state attorney general Eric Schneiderman, who has been succeeded by Letitia James.
The proceedings aim specifically to guarantee the alleged victims will be compensated.
James’s spokesperson also declined to comment.
The settlement amount will be paid out by insurance agencies, the Journal reported, several of which count The Weinstein Company, the production company Weinstein co-founded, among their clients.
Since October 2017, Weinstein — one of the most powerful men in Hollywood before a cascade of sexual misconduct allegations precipitated his downfall — has been accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than 80 women.
Among his accusers are prominent actresses such as Ashley Judd, Angelina Jolie and Salma Hayek.