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Auteur of Africa

By GERALD PEARY  |  July 24, 2007

As one secular musician, a woman singer from Afghanistan, asserts, “Islam doesn’t say music is bad. It’s only the Mullahs who forbid it, who cause great misery.” The festival is insistently ecumenical, so there are first-rate ensembles from Russia and Ireland performing sacred medieval Christian music, and a fabulous, husky-voiced Fado chanteuse from Portugal. One group even features a Jewish-Berber lead singer, who is relieved to find that nobody in Islamic Morocco cares about her religion.

A nice, mellow Fez fest, but there’s far too much between-song preachment, as we’re lectured in earnest voice-over on the obvious: Morocco is a tolerant place. Music is good for the soul.
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