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Discovering Rai music in Morocco

Latest update : 2008-08-06

In Oujda, Morocco, the second international festival of Rai music is a success. The festival gives young people a chance to forget their daily concerns about economic hardship.

 

For the second year in a row, the international festival of Rai music took place in Oujda, Morocco, at the end of July. Some thirty bands performed and nearly 400,000 people enjoyed a colourfully rich and musically diverse program.

 

The festival has become a breath of fresh air for this town. While enjoying performances from different Rai, Rap and Reggae bands, the energised audience had a chance to forget its daily concerns.

 

Oujda is only a few kilometres from Algeria. But here, conflicts between Morocco and Algeria are left to politicians.  A good half of the artists performing at the Festival are from Algeria.

 

“Algerians and Moroccans have been brothers forever, and this allows for the love between the two people. I think it’s up to the politicians to let the people live together,” says Younes Megri, the festival’s director.

 

During the five-day Festival, politically-engaged artists spoke of support for the thousands of Africans trying to cross the Mediterranean. The town of Oujda is still one of the crossroads between Africa and Europe.

Date created : 2008-08-04

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