In August the e-commerce website Anou - Beyond Fair Trade was launched. At first glance, it looks like a modest version of other e-commerce websites, but the photos of artisans' work it contains represent thousands of hours of labour. The man behind the site is Dan Driscoll, whose aim is to make himself redundant.
There are two currency systems used in Morocco. One is that of the dirham, the official Moroccan currency that is printed on bills and coins. The other currency is the riyal, an old Moroccan currency which is no longer exists, but is still used by Moroccans to value purchases both small and large. 1 dirham is equal to 20riyals.
Literary works, in general, provide considerable insight about the structure of societies they emanate from as well as about individuals making up these societies. Morocco’s folk literature is revealing in this regard. Through judicious characterizations, well-knit plots and adequately-constructed settings, Moroccan writers, worthy of the name, would indeed reveal the rich linguistic and social variations of their society.
Geometric patterns made by Moroccan zillij, mosaic masterpieces, capture attention and mesmerize. For me, the fascination with zillij is so overwhelming that it makes me love Moroccan artistic traditions.
Haim Botbol has affected my life in ways he could never imagine. It was his record I picked up four years ago and it was his voice, which opened up a world of North African music for me. This is why this day means so much to me. Today, June 18, 2013, Haim Botbol is being honored by a fascinating cross-section of Moroccans for his sixty plus years in the music business.
Haim Botbol was a favorite of Salim Halali and performed with Albert Suissa as well. He released a considerable amount of music on about a dozen labels (Boussiphone, Musica, Tichkaphone, Canariphone, Philips, etc.). He “made it” well into the cassette era, which is an accomplishment in and of itself.
Casablanca / morocco News Board --- A semi-recent joke surfaced around the time of Gadhafi’s death; it was said that his dying words were “Why couldn’t I have had a citizenry like that of morocco?”. As silly, shocking or hurtful as that may be for those who immediately get it, the sad truth is that Moroccans have been way too complaisant with their government and their local representatives given the state of things.
Fed up with the utter numbness of my fellow Casablancans to the abundance of trash in every single neighborhood of the city,
The Italian Photographer, Leonardo Dalessandri, has created a video following his trip to Morocco. Combining images taken in Marrakech, Essaouira, Fes and Casablanca, this dynamic creation successfuly weaves with the music of John Adams - Grand Pianola Music.
Thomas Max Safley
From 30,000 feet in altitude, the coast of Morocco first showed itself a blue-green landmass under a red sunrise. I might have been looking at a print by Georgia O’Keefe, so strange and familiar it seemed. The night had been rough. The delayed flight from winter-bound JFK and the listless service from the Royal Air Maroc crew drove me to seek refuge in sleep. I awoke in a very different place.
Casablanca - Morocco News Board ---- Oud is a musical instrument that can be described as a pear-shaped and a short-necked string instrument characterized by its rich, sonorous sound and rounded back. M’Oud Swing is a band that layers oud and modal jazz improvisation. Both oud and modal jazz are quite difficult to master. The sound the band creates is very unique and can be quite pleasant to the sophisticated ear. Here is Karim Kadiri the band’s co-founder and composer:
Armstrong, 27, from Alloway in Scotland, is a pilot with the Royal Navy who is equally passionate about cycling as he is flying. In January his entire fleet was grounded after two aircraft crashes and instead of taking off to Thailand with the rest of his squadron he decided to cycle to Morocco.
Living not far from the train station in central Rabat means I do not have access to a fresh vegetable market unless I walk five to ten minutes down Avenue Mohammed V into the madina. The old vegetable suq that used to be in an unique plaza under the streets in my area is now a lovely open space lined with an art gallery and restaurants. This kind of gentrification is great for children needing a park of sorts to play under the watchful eyes of parents desperate for coffee and sweets.
"People said contemporary design wouldn’t work in Marrakech", the dynamic owner of Morocco’s Sirayane hotel tells me with a glint in his eye. “But now I have to build 12 extra rooms because we are always fully booked."
It was only a matter of time before the intricate and ancient designs of North African architecture gave way to a different take on traditional Arabian aesthetics in the country.