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Music festival to honour Mandela

Rabat, Morocco - The 20th Fes festival of music, to be held 13 - 21 June in Morocco's spiritual city of Fes, will pay tribute to global icon Nelson Mandela, who passed away last year aged 95, the organisers have announced.


This year's festival will also feature a much-awaited concert of Youssou Ndour and Johnny Clegg in the mythical Bab Makina square.

Ndour is a Senegalese singer, percussionist, songwriter, composer, actor, businessman a politician.

In 2004, Rolling Stone magazine described him as 'perhaps the most famous singer alive' in Senegal and much of Africa.

In 1985, he launched a mega concert in the Senegalese capital, Dakar, to campaign for the release of Mandela, who was then serving a life sentence.
 
Also, Clegg, the award-winning South African singer, has always linked his music to his country's anti-apartheid struggle.

The Fes Forum, organised on the sideline of the music festival, will also feature a debate on Mandela.

Pana 13/02/2014