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Why Morocco is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Mandy Sinclair in conversation with inspiring creatives and personalities who share her love of the North African kingdom of Morocco. Prepare to be inspired and motivated and perhaps left with a desire to visit the place we call home.

Why Morocco Mandy Sinclair

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Why Morocco is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by Mandy Sinclair in conversation with inspiring creatives and personalities who share her love of the North African kingdom of Morocco. Prepare to be inspired and motivated and perhaps left with a desire to visit the place we call home.

    Why Morocco 032 – Amino Belyamani on Moroccan Tapes

    Why Morocco 032 – Amino Belyamani on Moroccan Tapes

    For this week’s episode I chatted with MoroccanTapes.com founder Amino Belyamani. Amino, who grew up in Casablanca and now lives in Brooklyn, created the site that brings Moroccan tapes of various musical genres, which are typically only available for purchase in Morocco and in regions where the musicians hail, to the world.

    With music in his blood – both his father and brother are musicians – Amino is an accomplished musician himself having co-founded the band Dawn of Midi. He’s also is involved in Innov Gnawa, a group known for their traditional Moroccan trance emsemble and their track Bambro Koyo Ganda was nominated for a Grammy in 2018 in the best dance recording category.

    Listen is as Amino talks about Moroccan Tapes and his plans for the site, what he thinks listeners should be listening to when it comes to the tapes already available and Moroccan music in general.

    To listen or learn more, visit: https://moroccantapes.com/

    For more Morocco ideas and advise, follow me on Instagram at @mandyinmorocco.

    My other projects include:


    Tasting Marrakech food and cultural tours in Marrakech tasting-marrakech.com
    Travel and public relations consulting
    Freelance writing for print and digital  mandyinmorocco.com/freelance-writing/

     

    • 27 min
    Why Morocco 031 – Touria El Glaoui on the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair

    Why Morocco 031 – Touria El Glaoui on the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair

    With the third edition of the 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair kicking off on 20 February 2020 in Marrakech, I chatted with fair founder Touria el Glaoui by telephone in the lead up to the event. The fair is designed to provide exposure to artists from the 54 countries that make up the continent. Touria talked about the changing landscape and dialogue surrounding African contemporary art since she began researching the idea for an African contemporary art fair about ten years ago. Touria launched the first 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair in in London in 2013 before travelling to New York in 2015 and finally to Marrakech in 2018. And today, the fair is one of the highlights of my social calendar each year.

    With galleries openings, studio visits, talks and roundtables, and meetings with artists planned throughout the four-day event, the programme is rich!

    Listen is as Touria talks about the fair, the contemporary art industry, and what visitors can expect during the third edition of the 1:54 Contemporary African Art Fair.

    For more Morocco ideas and advise, follow me on Instagram at @mandyinmorocco.

    My other projects include:


    Tasting Marrakech food and cultural tours in Marrakech tasting-marrakech.com
    Travel and public relations consulting
    Freelance writing for print and digital  mandyinmorocco.com/freelance-writing/

    • 32 min
    Why Morocco 030 – Lonely Planet travel writer Helen Ranger on Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains

    Why Morocco 030 – Lonely Planet travel writer Helen Ranger on Morocco’s Middle Atlas Mountains

    For the thirtieth episode of Why Morocco, I reached Lonely Planet travel writer Helen Ranger by telephone from my studio in Marrakech. Helen is a friend and colleague, concierge, a fellow Morocco lover albeit one who prefers to call Fez home, and has recently submitted a chapter about Morocco’s rural Middle Atlas Mountain region for the forthcoming Lonely Planet Morocco guidebooks.

    In our chat, Helen talks about two of the national parks in the region, trekking options, the Sidi Harazem baths, caves, and what you’ll want to know for planning a Middle Atlas getaway.

    With nearby waterfalls and caves, nature reserves, a brutalistis thermal bath complex, village markets, and festivals to enjoy, I don’t really understand why more people don’t take advantage of a short-haul long weekend in the Fez countryside. And with all the tips that Helen provides for planning a trip to the rural Middle Atlas region, Fez could double as a base for exploring the old city and a getaway in the countryside. After all, the city is served with international flights to leading European destinations.

    For more Morocco ideas and advise, follow me on Instagram at @mandyinmorocco.

    My other projects include:


    Tasting Marrakech food and cultural tours in Marrakech tasting-marrakech.com
    Travel and public relations consulting
    Freelance writing for print and digital  mandyinmorocco.com/freelance-writing/

     

    • 28 min
    Why Morocco 029 – Meryam Demnati on Amazigh culture in Morocco

    Why Morocco 029 – Meryam Demnati on Amazigh culture in Morocco

    With a new year and a new decade upon us, I sat down with Meryam Demnati, an Amazigh activitist, to chat about a little-known New Year celebrated in here in Morocco – Yennayer – the Amazigh New Year for the latest episode of Why Morocco. Celebrated on 12 January by the native peoples of North Africa, Yennayer marks the shift from extreme cold and milder temperatures and is celebrated by Amazigh (sometimes referred to as Berbers) communities not only in Morocco, but throughout North Africa. Interestingly though, January 1 and the Islamic New Year are observed here in Morocco with official bank holidays, but Yennayer is not.

    As an activist, Meryam also talks about the status of the Amazigh language and Tifinagh alphabet in Morocco, recognition of the Amazigh culture, and the causes the Amazigh movement has and continues to work on since post-independence in Morocco.

    For more Morocco ideas and advise, follow me on Instagram at @mandyinmorocco.

    My other projects include:


    Tasting Marrakech food and cultural tours in Marrakech tasting-marrakech.com
    Travel and public relations consulting
    Freelance writing for print and digital  mandyinmorocco.com/freelance-writing/

     

    • 25 min
    Why Morocco 028 – Aziza Chaouni on architectural restoration projects in Morocco

    Why Morocco 028 – Aziza Chaouni on architectural restoration projects in Morocco

    For this week’s episode,I chatted with architect Aziza Chaouni in her Toronto office by telephone. I first learned about Aziza and her work when she was featured in Brownbook magazine, a publication I used to write for. I knew immediately that I needed to meet her given that we have swapped home countries. Aziza lives between Toronto, Canada where she works as an architect but is also a tenured professor at the university of Toronto and Fez, Morocco where her architecture firm is located.

    But it was after a recent feature in the New York Times about the Sidi Harazem thermal baths restoration project that I finally reached out to Aziza. The thermal baths, near Fez, not only have healing properties, but the complex that Jean-Francois Zevaco designed in 1960 is done in brutalism style. Her credits also include transforming a slaughterhouse in Casablanca in to a cultural space, working on the restoration of the oldest existing university in the world – al-Qarawiyyin University in Fez and more. In fact, in the interview she shares details about a project she’s wrapping up in southern Morocco this month.

    Listen in as Aziza talks about post-independence architecture, her past and on-going projects, the role of the architect and the state of architecture in Morocco.

    Find out more about Aziza Chaouni Project: http://www.azizachaouniprojects.com/

    For more Morocco ideas and advise, follow me on Instagram at @mandyinmorocco.

    My other projects include:


    Tasting Marrakech food and cultural tours in Marrakech tasting-marrakech.com
    Travel and public relations consulting
    Freelance writing for print and digital  mandyinmorocco.com/freelance-writing/

     

    • 35 min
    Why Morocco 027 – Documentary filmmaker Nadir Bouhmouch on filming a protest in Morocco

    Why Morocco 027 – Documentary filmmaker Nadir Bouhmouch on filming a protest in Morocco

    For this week’s episode I met with Nadir Bouhmouch, the filmmaker behind the documentary Amussu. In the film, Nadir takes a collaborative approach to telling the story of the villagers of Imidir peacefully protesting against Africa’s largest silver mine, located in the region, that led to water scarcity in their oasis and their right to land. Beautifully shot, the film included images of the oasis when water was scarce and its impact on agriculture, stepped inside homes to interview local residents and captured video of daily village life.

    I first learned about Amussu as it premiered at the 2019 Toronto Hot Docs festival. I happened to catch the film when it made its Marrakech premiere this autumn. Following the release, I met with Nadir to chat about the protests that have been dubbed the Movement on Road 96 and his collaborative approach to telling this tale. But also the peaceful approach the locals took to bring about change when they’d had enough.

    So let’s listen in as Nadir talks about sharing the tale of a village that, while the struggle is not over, succeeded in shutting down one of the water pipelines, thus bringing some life back to this oasis in southern Morocco.

    Find out more about Amussu and latest news and screenings, follow on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/amussufilm/

    For more Morocco ideas and advise, follow me on Instagram at @mandyinmorocco.

    My other projects include:


    Tasting Marrakech food and cultural tours in Marrakech tasting-marrakech.com
    Travel and public relations consulting
    Freelance writing for print and digital  mandyinmorocco.com/freelance-writing/

    • 36 min

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