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AFP, Middle East Online, YouTube by Simon Martelli (M’Hamid, Morocco, Nov. 14, 2012) — Rousing desert rhythms brought to life the oasis of M’Hamid, last stop in Morocco before the vast empty wastes of the Sahara, as musicians from across the region descended on the dunes.
The Taragalte music festival kicked off in earnest at the weekend under a spectacular star-lit sky, with a list of women’s groups, from Morocco, Mauritania and Mali topping the bill.
Camel racing, poetry and traditional dance featured among the palm trees and rolling sand dunes of M’Hamid, with the festival celebrating — and seeking to preserve — a desert culture undermined by modernity, according to its organisers.
Mauritanian group Noura Mint Seymali captivated the crow with a powerful delivery from the vocalist, Noura, accompanied by a virtuoso performance…
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