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Volubilis International Festival, Meknes 2013

Volubilis International Festival, July 2013

 Here is my coverage of Volubilis International Festival, originally written for The View from Fes, Morocco’s foremost English language blog on cultural and current affairs. 

The Music is Pumping      &     Small but Perfectly Formed

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Clambering into the crew bus after the tumultuous finale of the festival was an event in itself.

Screaming, mobbing fans  pressed against the windows like a scene from Don’t Look Back. Or HELP.

The crew onboard joking that the mob was after me;  with everyone knowing it was the local uberpopstar in the front seat they were screaming for.

On the way I’d run into music journalist Peter Culshaw, whose newly released biography of Manu Chao, Clandestino is an inspiration in participative  journalism. I read it on my Kobo by candlelight in the back of a van somewhere down the road.

It was a great season. I’ll be back.

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My coverage of the Fes Festival of Sacred Music, 2103, also on The View from Fes   

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Covering Fes Sacred Music Festival (3)

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Thanks to The View from Festhe  premier English language blog on cultural and current affairs,  for having me as guest writer for the Fes Festival of Sacred Music, 2103  

This is the third of four posts my coverage of one of the extraordinary free evening concerts held in Place Boujloud

More here, here and here 

Abdallah al Makhtoubi and Mohammed Bajeddoub

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Dominique A and Nass El Ghiwane

For inspiration to join the Festival of Sacred Music  2014, here is 

The View From Fes introduction to its theme: Conference of the Birds

Coverage of Volubilis International Festival, Meknes 

Covering Fes Festival of Sacred Music 2013 (2)

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                                   Gypsy Fire, Bab Mekina

Thanks to The View from Fes, the premier English language blog on Moroccan cultural and current affairs, for hosting me as guest writer for the the Fes Festival of Sacred Music,  2103. Here is the second of four posts with my coverage of the event

 MORE  coverage herehere and here

 

Abeer Nehme and Ali Alaoui

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L’orchestra National de Jazz and Ladysmith Red Lions

For inspiration to join the Festival of Sacred Music  2014, check out

The View From Fes introduction to the theme: Conference of the Birds

Coverage of Volubilis International Festival, Meknes

MORE photos in my Facebook albumMorocco

 

Covering Fes Festival of Sacred Music, 2013 -1

Director of the Opening Event

Covering the night shift along with the throng in the vast and booming Place Boujloud, learning on the run how to take photos in the full glare of smokey stage lighting, sorting and writing in dim late night coffee shops on deadline-beating all-nighters, lazy afternoons  in the delicious sound garden of the Batha Museum… a grand assignment indeed.

Here’s the first of three posts linking to my coverage  of the event

Hamid Kasri and crew

Hamadcha Sufi Brotherhood, Dj ClicK, Coumbane Mint Ely Warakane

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MORE coverage of Fes Festival of Sacred Music here and here

and the Shem’sy National Circus School’s participation here

Coverage of the Volubilis International Festival, Meknes, Morocco

Thanks to The View from Fes, the premier English language blog on Moroccan cultural and current affairs, for hosting me as guest writer for the the Fes Festival of Sacred Music,  2103.

For information about the 2014 Fes Festival of Sacred Music, check out The View From Fes excellent introduction to the theme Conference of the Birds.

More photos in my Facebook albumMorocco

 

Cafe Tissardmine

Thanks to Cafe Tissardmine,

a writers retreat and artistic sanctuary in Moroccan Sahara.

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Erg Cheddi

MORE photos in my Facebook album: Morocco

Twelve Day Writers Journey at Cafe Tissardmine with Jan Cornall, January 2104 

Thanks to Colleen Cassar of Roam like Queens for the connection 🙂 

ERACHIDIA

In Erachidia I said

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Photo by Christine Colton

Hassan, there are no women here!

Hassan replied,

It’s hot. The ladies maybe melt if they come out.

Softly spoke, his voice held pride

That ladies of his tribe

Are sensitive and worthy of protection.

Are not required to hit the street,

To meet the harsh demanding light,

like this one, melting to a new perception.

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This desert is a feat of heat and wind.

People stay inside their tiny boxes on the rock

And do whatever they can find to do.

Weaving, sweeping, music, watching TV from Algeria.

So nobody will think it strange this lady,

blown in with her different skin,

is reading, writing, here behind the walls.

Cocooned and taking stock.

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The sky here sings with light this dawn.

Glimpsing briefly, knowing all is well

I roll on back to sleep

to not responsible.

No action is required and life goes on.

 

SUGAR

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And after travelling long hours through the dust,

I saw you jewelled sugar cube

charismatic white in this expanse of rust.

Crystalline; a fallen star

and travelled from how far

to be laid bare in this Moroccan bowl.

Delectable as hope, or trust;

so vulnerable to

just whoever fancied using you.

And  though I don’t take sugar, thank you,

had to have you, suddenly, a lust,

sweet thing.

I placed you surreptitiously,

(but secretly so urgently)

into my tea.

You softened to your destiny.

And softened me to sudden tears

to see you fall and disappear.