The Mawazine music festival draws some of the music industry’s biggest attractions and lures in thousands of fans.
Jennifer Lopez at Mawazine festival. (photo credit:FADEL SENNA/ AFP)
Morocco’s biggest music festival is in hot water Monday after media outlets and Islamist leaders voiced objections to a performance given by the festival’s main attraction, Jennifer Lopez, which was broadcast on national television.
The Mawazine music festival, which opened over the weekend to more than 300,000 fans and featured some of the music industry’s biggest attractions, was criticized by local media after the pop star allegedly gave a performance filled with “suggestive poses” and for being “scantily” dressed during a show that was broadcast on public television, according to Al-Arabiya.
Mustapha Khalfi, a member of the Islamist Justice and Development party, took to social media to voice his displeasure and strongly denounce the broadcast on state television..
“What was broadcast is unacceptable and goes against broadcasting law,” Khalfi wrote on Twitter.
The music festival, which is in its 13th year, runs until June 6 and will also see live performances by international acts such as Sean Paul, Avicii, Placebo, Akon, Sting, Usher and Maroon 5, Al-Arabiya added.