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Moroccan artists perform heritage music in capital


Moroccan music stars enthral crowds at a concert on the Abu Dhabi Corniche. WAM

Last night, a number of elite Moroccan music stars staged a concert on Abu Dhabi’s Corniche, in the presence of Mohammed Sajid, Morocco’s Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicraft and Social Economy and thousands of fans of authentic Moroccan music. The concert celebrated the Morocco in Abu Dhabi 2019 event, which runs until 30th April at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre.

The music concert featured a talented group of distinctive Moroccan singers: Saida Charaf, Abdelhafid Douzi, Oulad El Bouazzaoui Band, Abderrahim Souiri, Zina Daoudia, Lamia Zaidi, Abdelali Anouar, Mohamed Derham, Raissa Tihihite, Batoul Marouani, and Maalem Bakbou, all of whom performed a wonderful variety of different styles of Moroccan music, including Gnawa, Amazigh, Andalusian, Sahrawi, Shaabi, and modern songs.

The free concert opened with two pieces of authentic melody by the musicians before Abderrahim Souiri and Lamia Zaidi joined them on stage to sing ‘Habib Alqalb’, ‘Ana Mani Fiash’, followed by a moving ballad. Abdelali Anouar and Gnawa Band sang ‘Alash ya Ghazali’, ‘Ash Dak Tamshi Lelzein’, and ‘Khalini Baied’. Fans were excited to see Khaled El Bouazzaoui, who performed the ‘Mal Habibi” traditional medley, before the songs and performances of Mohamed Derham, Nabil Al Khaldi, Maalem Bakbou, and Lamia Zaidi, especially the two beautiful songs, ‘Naksha’ and ‘Hamouda’.

The concert fans went wild when Raissa Tihihite joined Maalem Bakbou to present ‘Moulai Ibrahim’, after which Raissa Tihihite performed solo with Amazigh songs.

In an inspiring end to the exciting night, the Moroccan stars gathered in a chorus to sing the masterpiece, ‘Nedaa El Hassan’, with all of their historical and moral significance for the Moroccan fans.

This year, the event offers visitors an opportunity to explore Morocco’s rich heritage in architecture, music, art, and cuisine. In addition, customs, traditions, fashion, and the Moroccan Heritage Museum, will be all presented in a sensational and elegant manner to delight the senses.

This edition celebrates Moroccan women and their unique character of generosity, dedication, intuition, vision and creativity. The event also showcases Morocco’s traditional architecture; characterised by its simplicity and authentic identity.

Moroccan music will entertain visitors with traditional, spiritual, and tribal Moroccan rhythms under one roof. Artists will showcase their talents as musicians and hosts throughout the day.

Traditional industry enthusiasts will have the chance to explore and discover the skilled genius and gifted talents of Moroccan craftsmanship translating the old heritage and the Arabic Islamic legacy; such as brasseward, saddle making, jewelery, embroidery, raffia shoes, Cherbil, Tazwaqt, engravings on wood sculpture, pottery as well as the famous amlou, and Henna tattoo.

A special evening for an exclusive fashion show will be held during the event.

For the first time, the Museum of Moroccan Heritage will present history and antiquities lovers with rare display pieces, reflecting Morocco’s rich history and civilisation, rooted in Arabic history and embodying the heritage of the many civilisations and migrations that crossed its land throughout history

Abu Dhabi Corniche will host a second free Moroccan concert celebrating the Morocco in Abu Dhabi 2019 event tonight, Friday, 19th April, to be staged by the same group of elite stars.

This year’s edition is filled with a friendly enchanting, welcoming heritage environment, enriching visitors’ imagination and memories with its diverse cultural, artistic and historical activities and antique collections.

Founded in 2005, Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Company is made up of Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Al Ain Convention Centre, ExCeL London, Capital Centre, Capital Gate, Hyatt Capital Gate Abu Dhabi, Aloft Abu Dhabi, Aloft London ExCeL and IDEX LLC.

Adnec aims to become the leading events destination for renowned international exhibitions and conferences in the MENA region.


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