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



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.


#JusticeForAKA becomes most trending hashtags as South African celebrities seek answers to murder of rapper



The hashtag, #JusticeForAKA, created shortly after the murder of South African rapper, Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, popularly known as AKA, outside a Durban restaurant last month, has become the number one trending hashtags in the country.

Top celebrities and fans of the much loved rapper have been retweeting the hashtag with a collective outrage as the case seems to be getting cold six weeks after his gruesome killing with the police seeming not to make any headway in apprehending the killers.

According to IOL, since AKA’s murder, the hashtag #JusticeForAKA has become a rallying cry by his colleagues and fans for the government and police officials to prioritise his case and make sure that his killers are promptly brought to justice.

“Since Thursday, the hashtag has been trending across South African Twitter as fans and celebrities express their disappointment at the situation,” the authoritative media outlet wrote.

“Over the past 24 hours, the likes of L-Tido, Rouge and Wanda Baloyi have joined thousands of fans in calling for justice,” IOL wrote.

One of the country’s top stars, L-Tido posted on his Twitter handle:

“It’s been a month and half still no developments and progress on this case. This happened right next to the police station, on a busy road with cameras. Our justice system keeps on failing us!!!! This is ridiculous #JusticeForAKA.”

Musician Wanda Baloyi also weighed in:

“It really baffles me how there is no progress towards the findings of the killers. I mean they pretty much weren’t disguised. What exactly is the delay?”

“I don’t understand. So killing is easy, you just kill and walk away?? Im not understanding #JusticeForAKA”
— Wanda Baloyi (@wandabaloyi)

Rapper Rouge also commented on the issue with this post:

“Yoh Kiernan was in love with the Art. I’m still in disbelief. He seemed immortal. But I guess that’s what his music has done now. Immortalised his legacy. #JusticeForAKA.”

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Nigerian superstar, Rema’s song, ‘Calm Down’ sets new African record on Billboard Hot 100



Nigeria singing sensation, Rema who birth name is Divine Ikubor, has once again, entered the record books as his hit single, “Calm Down”, is now the highest charting African song on the Billboard Hot 100.

Authoritative music chart platform, Chart Data, on Wednesday, reported that the international remix of “Calm Down” featuring Selena Gomez, broke the records after it appeared at number 8 on the latest Billboard Hot 100.

The good news means that “Calm Down” has surpassed Wizkid’s “Essence” remix which featured Tems and Justin Bieber, as the highest charting African song on Billboard Hot 100, and “continues to make its mark as one of the biggest crossover Afrobeats song in history.”

“Calm Down” which was released in February 2022, is one of the lead singles on Rema’s debut album “Raves & Roses” and has enjoyed impressive success both locally and globally.

The remix with Gomez has also further propelled it to huge international success.

It is also ranked as the most-watched Nigerian music video on YouTube, surpassing over 230 million views as at Thursday, as well as getting over a billion streams across all platforms.

The single also earned Rema its first RIAA platinum plaque with expected sales of over two million units, according to Chart Data forecasts.

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