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Tunisians mourn as iconic singer, Faïza Mahrsi, passes away

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Tunisians have been thrown into mourning following the death of one of its iconic singers, Faïza Mahrsi, who passed away on Friday after a long battle with an undisclosed ailment which resulted in her admission to the military hospital in Tunis.

The news of Mahrsi’s demise was broken by her close friend and actress, Hanan Al-Shaqrani, during a call-in programme on popular radio station, Banna FM.

The Tunisian Ministry of Cultural Affairs also confirmed the death of the singer in a statement late Friday.

“It is sad to acknowledge the passing away of our most precious artist, Faïza Mahrsi,” the Ministry announced in the statement.

The ministry stated that the late artist is considered one of the “most prominent and beautiful voices that presented Tunisian traditional songs in a unique style and a different vision, and among her most prominent songs are “Ya Laytani”, “Ya Al-Ain Delieh”, “Mayensakum”, “Ghalata” and other songs.”

A few months before her death, Faïza Mahrsi had explained to Mosaique FM that she has gone through a very difficult experience, but later she felt better and that she would overcome the crisis, “thanks to the spiritual and moral support that she had received from Tunisia, and elsewhere.”

She had indicated that she fell into a coma due to a misdiagnosis and medications prescribed to her after a fall where she was injured in the back.

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Morocco adds national dress, Caftan, to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Heritage

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The Moroccan Department of Culture says it is committed to preserving its cultural and artistic heritage of one of its National dresses, Caftan, by promoting it internationally.

To this end the Department has concluded plans to add the Caftan to the list of the intangible cultural heritage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

Speaking at the which held on Friday in Rabbat, with theme theme “Art, Tradition, and know-how of the Caftan,” the Secretary General of the Ministry of Youth, Culture, and Communication, Abdelilah Afifi, said after the inclusion of the Caftan in the list of tangible and intangible heritage of the Islamic World Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ICESCO) in 2022, all stakeholders are now focused on continuing to preserve Morocco’s cultural heritage.

“The Department of Culture is committed and is collaborating with all stakeholders, to preserve the Caftan as a national and artistic heritage,” Afifi stressed.

“Studies have been conducted around the Caftan to highlight its cultural and social dimensions and its craft and artistic characteristics.”

“The skills and knowledge associated with this element have also been documented and recorded in audiovisual format to highlight its distinctive features and promote it internationally,” he said.

The director of the Museum Mohammed VI of Modern and Contemporary Art, Abdelaziz El Idrissi, who also spoke at the event, highlighted in a presentation the characteristics of regional Caftans of Morocco, including the Caftan of Fez, Tetouan, Rabat, Marrakech, and Oujda.

“It was in the 12th century and under the Almohad dynasty that the Caftan appeared in Morocco and that it was quite different from traditional clothing worn in the East,” he explained.

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Nigerian first class traditional ruler, Ooni of Ife, makes Hollywood debut

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Nigerian first class traditional ruler, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Ogunwusi, has made an incursion into the movie world when he recently made a historic debut in a new Hollywood flick titled “Take Me Home.”

The revered King who played a unique role in the movie that succinctly befits his throne as the custodian of Yorubaland, said his role helped to further accentuate and brings royalty, honour and authority to the silver screen.

Produced by renowned produced by Yoruba historian and filmmaker Dotun Taylor, the film, “Take Me Home” centres on the quest for originality and identity.

According to Taylor, the movie “tells the story of an American girl who became possessed after wearing an African masquerade costume that was stolen during a tour in Ile-Ife.”

“In a bid to save her life, her entire family, guided by the promises of two African immigrants, embarked on a journey that would land them in hot waters.”

“As the spiritual and traditional leader of the Yoruba people now saddled with the responsibility of making supplications to God and the Òrìṣà on behalf of his people, Ooni boldly depicted the rich culture of the Yorubas and its relevance in the western world.”

The epic movie also features top Hollywood actors like Dave Sheridan, Amber Rivette, Felissa Rose, Meji Black, and Nollywood actors Abdullateef Adedimeji and Bayo Bankole (Boy Alinco) among others.

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