RedOne Produces Album for Rai Star Faudel

Rabat – After producing an album for Khaled, the King of Rai, Moroccan producer, RedOne, is collaborating with “the Prince of Rai,” Faudel, on his latest album.Faudel, who has been absent from the musical scene for a while, will release a new album produced by RedOne. The two artists made the announcement at a press conference on Tuesday in Casablanca.The new album, representing the fruit of two years of work, will contain more than 20 titles. Faudel promises to unveil the album’s first single to the public at the beginning of Ramadan. “All day, all Night” will be sung in Arabic, said Faudel, explaining that he is “very happy” to collaborate with a producer as “wonderful” as RedOne.Originally from Tetouan, RedOne is a producer and arranger as well as a composer. To date, he is considered to be one of music’s most popular producers.RedOne has won two Grammy Awards and three Brit Awards. His repertoire includes work with the likes of Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Khaled, Pitbull, Shakira, Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Enrique Iglesias, Mika and Christina Aguilera.Faudel first captured public attention with his hit song, “Tellement je t’aime,” almost 20 years ago. It continued with the collaborative project “1, 2, 3 Soleils,” with Khaled and Rachid Taha. He ended up pursuing his solo career, and released four albums in the 2000s.He suffered criticism for supporting Nicolas Sarkozy’s campaign in 2007, which lead to a dip in his fame. This collaboration with RedOne could give his career a new lease on life. read more

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Revived rail line transports aid to isolated area of DR Congo UN

“On this day, a large chunk of the suffering that has come as a direct result of the DRC’s civil – and arguably regional – war will start to be alleviated,” said Jennifer Bakody, a spokesperson for the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC). Known as the “peace train,” the line starts in the southeastern town of Lubumbashi, near the DRC’s border with Zambia. It will convey wagonloads of salt, sugar and medicine from international development agencies working in partnership with the UN. Kindu is a town of 200,000 Congolese, lying about 400 kilometres west of the blockaded eastern DRC town of Bukavu. After two years of fierce fighting, there was no train service for the next six. Kindu residents and other people in the affected province would transport baskets of food, other goods and water on their heads or backs, often walking in the high weeds along the rail line. Lack of transportation also denied them access to reading material, safe drinking water and adequate nutrition. The UN-sponsored Radio Okapi and its publications have been their only reliable source of information, Ms. Bakody said. In preparation for the train’s arrival, dozens of local people painted the small concrete station near the River Congo and built a big wooden stage for dignitaries. read more

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