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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)
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.
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.

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