Elton John to perform in Morocco despite outcry

2010-05-26 11:28

Organisers say Elton John will be the highlight of Morocco’s

biggest music festival, despite calls by the country’s main Islamist party to

cancel the British singer’s concert because of his homosexuality.

The public spat between organisers for the Mawazine Festival and

the Justice and Development Party, the country’s largest authorised Islamist

group, illustrates the rift between Morocco’s Western-leaning authorities and

the more conservative Muslim movements on the rise in the North African


Elton John is due to play tonight in Rabat, the capital.

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