Rapper Rhymes in English to Represent Moroccan Hiphop Music Throughout the

Meknes – Ahmed Salah Zarug, the Moroccan rapper known by his stage name A.z.DANDI, dreams of representing Moroccan music all over the world.In an interview with Morocco World News, the promising singer described his life and the beginning of his artistic journey, which started during the recent emergence of hip-hop culture in Morocco.“In 2008, I embarked on … [rapping] in English because it is the mother language of hip-hop in order to address the whole world and to show the power of my lyrics, as well as to give my message an understandable meaning [that] can be clear to audiences from different cultures.” Zarug experienced several obstacles along the way. Lack of support was one of the challenges that impeded the start of the Casablancan native’s journey, an issue he blames on Moroccan audiences’ lack of knowledge of rap and hip-hop culture at that time. “The major hindrance in my career is big lack of encouragement and motivation from people,” he said.The 19-year-old artist views art as an integral part of human existence, the tool that connects the souls of people. “Music is my inspiration and the bridge to [speak] to [human] feelings. This is why I believe that music is the world itself,” he said.The flamboyant rapper participated in several well-known events in Morocco in which he bolstered his artistic credentials such as Boulevard in Casablanca, and a concert in Essaouira on Youth Day in 2013.Before he fully immerses himself in his rap career, Zarug is studying International Studies at Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane. He has seized the opportunity while living in Moroccan Switzerland to draw inspiration from his surroundings, creating a video clip called “Beautiful Nature” which portrays the beauty of natural landscapes and scenes throughout the kingdom.“Creativity is associated with the beauty of nature. I am nowadays in a natural, glamorous place. I seized the opportunity to sing about it and embody nature in order to demonstrate the relationship between creativity and nature. The song was in a collaboration with Yassine Adnane and Soufian El Maliki. Furthermore, It was supported passionately [by] my friends,” Zarug said.Zarug is currently working with another rapper on a mixtape that will be released in mid-March, in addition to an album in collaboration with other Moroccan artists that will be released in August.Zarug is not merely an ordinary artist, but is also a producer and a director. He believes that the world is full positive things that allow humans to enjoy the splendor of life. “I always try to make people understand my positive vision and philosophy in life that might help us to contribute [to] the development of the world,” Zarug said. “Thus, people need blissful and happy songs as a form of celebration.”Edited by Kelsey Fish© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Camborne to help Malaysias Perak state revive its tin mining industry

first_imgThe University of Exeter’s Camborne School of Mines (CSM) is to play a pivotal role in an international collaboration aimed at reviving and stimulating the tin mining industry in Malaysia’s second largest state. CSM, based at the University’s Penryn Campus in Cornwall, has signed a technical cooperation agreement with key representatives from the Malaysian state of Perak, at a special ceremony in Hertfordshire. Situated to the north of Kuala Lumpur, Perak was once renowned as one of the world’s largest tin producers. The agreement will seek to boost the state’s endeavors to develop a sustainable and cohesive mining industry within Perak.CSM said that it was identified for the project due to its “exceptional global reputation within the mining industry”, producing highly-qualified and internationally-recognized graduates. Professor Kip Jeffrey, First Quantum Minerals Professor of Mining Engineering at CSM, signed the agreement at the headquarters of ITRI Ltd, which is also part of the technical cooperation agreement. Jeffrey said the agreement offered an important opportunity to apply and pass on new knowledge to the burgeoning Perak mining industry: “This exciting partnership will deliver considerable benefits to both the people and economy of Malaysia. This is a great opportunity to apply the latest advances in development of sustainable mining technologies and practice to the tin industry and to pass them on the next generation of engineers and researchers, to create a sustainable industry and associated educational opportunities.”Professor Jeffrey was joined by Aminudin Hashim, Chief Executive Officer of Menteri Besar Inc, one of the state’s investment arms, and David Bishop, Managing Director of ITRI. The signing ceremony was also witnessed by the Rt Hon Chief Minister of Perak, Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir, as part of an official visit to London. Speaking at the ceremony, Hashim expressed that the State Government is currently embarking on developing a comprehensive ‘Mining Blueprint’: “Thus this collaboration between MB Inc (Perak) and both ITRI Ltd and Camborne School of Mines will greatly help in preparing the Blueprint as well as guiding its implementation. This is in line with the aim of the state in becoming a bustling haven by capitalising on its wealth of natural resources, and turning them into high-impact businesses. Partnerships in strategic areas, such as these, are important to promote sustainable economic growth and development in Perak. Subsequently, this will contribute towards the improved socio-economic well-being of the people of Perak.”David Bishop, Managing Director of ITRI also welcomed the move: “New sustainable tin supply and new tin technologies to boost demand are both key to future growth of the tin industry. This collaboration is a significant step forward in achieving those goals.”last_img read more