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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1WIaTtBVpLw Moroccan Vocalist Karima Skalli who performs both Classical Arabic titles such and Moroccan Andalusian music has been performing in the US with the Multicultural Mesto Orchestra...
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Following Aicha Chenna's win of the Opus Prize this year. The Washington Moroccan Community has organized a community event that hosted, thanked and celebrated Ms Ech Chenna's lifetime work and her recent recognition by the Opus Prize jury. Ms. Chenna, the founder of the Moroccan Feminine Solidarity Association, encouraged the community to organize and become more active in support of the needy in Morocco. She said " why would not we add another "million dollar" contribution from the community to help various social actions".
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On November 9, Georgetown University celebrates the remarkable accomplishments of Aicha Ech-Channa, a Muslim Moroccan woman who has earned wide respect for her advocacy of human and civil rights for single mothers and their children. She is a finalist for the Opus Prize, a one-million dollar faith-based humanitarian award, the winner to be announced November 4.
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Internationally renowned Moroccan Diva Karima Skalli and the 50 piece Mesto orchetra performed at the Detroit Max Fisher Music center for the Arab American National Museum 6th annual Gala.
Ms. Skali, a native of fes, Morocco gave a stellar performance of mostly classical Arabic music titles from artists such as smahan, farid al attrach, oum khaltoum, fairouz and others.
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Souad Adlani annual convention of the Moroccan American Coalition (MAC), held over last weekend under the theme "Connect, Inspire, Grow", wrapped up late Sunday in Washington, in an optimistic tone, coupled with a clear will to unite the voice of the Moroccan-American community. Aware that unity is strength, the organizers of the two-day meeting, as well as participants from different regions of the U.S., underscored the importance of endeavoring to better know one another and to make efforts in a context of alliance.Aziz El Madi, co-director of the Boston-based "Volunteer Morocco" association, thinks the 4th MAC Convention is an "important" initiative, and believes the coalition should include other Moroccan associations.
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More than 700 guests attended the 11th annual Kahlil Gibran “Spirit of Humanity” Awards gala on April 23rd. it was hosted by the Arab American Institute Foundation (AAIF). The event was sponsored in part by the Moroccan American Center.
The black tie affair began with opening remarks from Assistant to the President Valerie Jarrett who transmitted greetings from president Obama and a promise to treat this community and all communities on an equal footing.
The awardees were The Marshall Legacy Institute, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, and Michael Kaiser, president of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. and Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni , former NIH Director.
The participation of US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, whose family has Lebanese roots, and Jarrett, who was born in Iran, represents a warmer and more open attitude toward Arab-Americans by the Obama administration.
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It is afternoon and I am at the Mclean Community Center in VA to attend an event. As soon as I set a foot in the room, I am already exchanging hugs with faces I had not seen for months if not years, and hellos with individuals I meet for the first time. In the middle of the room, there are tables lined up with about 32 kids, age ranging from 2 to 14 years old, who are drawing with crayons. Some of them are demanding that their parents check on their work for approval while others are adamant that their parents do not even peek at their crafts. MBTV was busy interviewing kids and capturing these moments. On the far left corner of the room, there is a table with juices, water, and various types of cookies.
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Hamid Kachmar, a Moroccan born painter is now featured in an exhibition entitled "Intricacies" at the Parish gallery in Washington, DC Mr. Kachmar is a multifaceted, internationally trained artist of indigenous Moroccan Amazigh ancestry. His materials and techniques evoke metaphors, moods, and expressions from where he grew up and what he experienced during his studies and travels.
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After three years of preparation and a ten million dollars budge, the Kennedy center for the performing Arts, kick-started its Arabesque Festival; Arts of the Arab World. The opening was a grandiose and a colorful affair. Many members of the Moroccan American Community were present at the opening Gala....
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Ten Moroccan girls and their two female coaches participated in a Sports Visitors program for the office of SportUnited, a program organized by US Dept of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The group spent twelve days in the U.S. improving their soccer skills, learning to be leaders, and meeting with their American contemporaries.
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A fundraising at Morocco's ambassador's residence for Mr. salman Belayachi who is preparing for a walk of a thousand miles, starting from Laayoun and ending his walk in Tangier. Mr. Belayachi said that the purpose of the walk is to engage directly with the citizens along his path and stressing the values of citizenship, active participation in public life, discarding negative feelings, regaining hope and taking responsibility for one's faith.
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In a music and poetry function at the opening of Global Media Center in Virginia , Andalusian music virtuoso A. El Youssoufi gave a performance that enchanted the audience made it the highlight of the evening, among the number of poems read by various poets, the most notable was Mr. Mohamed Said El Ouafi 's poem titled - Leaders of "the Tarazani" Kind !- which enticed a strong reaction from the audience.
" music, literature and poetry are important to safeguard our culture. This was a special evening and we wish the new Center much success "said Mr. Sobhi Ghandour, Al-Hiwar Center director and co-host of the evening.
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