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(Photo by Alex Ebert/ABC via Getty Images)By ALEXandER Fischerberger, Associated PostBETHEYHUBA, Morocco — In a remote village in Morocco, a band of musicians, singers and dancers are at the center of a world-famous dance craze.
In an idealized world, a musical performance would take place outdoors in a courtyard.
But Morocco’s rural and semi-rural landscape allows only a few thousand people in the country to watch the performances.
They live in remote villages and rely on the occasional tour or concert to sustain their livelihood.
Abandoned in the 1930s, many of the villagers are forced to live on handouts from their own families and the government, and many still live on less than $1 a day.
“We are living in a place where we can’t live our lives.
We are living under a constant threat of starvation,” said Aboubaker, a farmer who has worked as a cook and was once the owner of a small farm in the village.
The Moroccan music industry was founded in Morocco in the late 19th century, but in recent years the country has lost hundreds of thousands of its inhabitants to poverty, illiteracy and disease.
In the last decade, the country recorded nearly 7,500 suicides.
The artists who sing and dance at the local music festivals are the same ones who perform in the United States and abroad.
It’s the same story at the nearby village of Haras, a town that is home to one of Morocco’s top rock bands, The Black Cats.
“They are very close to the American and European fans, and they get their music out to the audience,” said singer and musician Mina, who has performed in Morocco since she was seven.
Mina said that while her family was not very well off, she and her husband, who is a musician himself, always felt the need to perform at shows because it gives them a sense of belonging.
“There are a lot of artists in Morocco who are living on less money, and yet they still want to go to concerts,” Mina said.
In Morocco, many performers live on the margins.
Artists who perform at festivals receive only $3 a day from the government and are often forced to perform without the support of a tour company.
“It’s not easy to get a ticket for a show,” said Mina.
“They have to come to the village and beg for money.”
While artists often make a living from performances, their livelihood depends on the support they receive from the village, which can be difficult to obtain.
Many performers don’t know where they will get their money.
And many performers are forced into prostitution.
The music industry has flourished in Morocco for decades, but the government has tried to curb the growth of the industry, banning performances and restricting the number of shows.
Last year, the government banned all concerts and all shows except weddings and funerals.
But some performers still performed.
A woman walks in a garden at the site of a musical festival in Haras.
The festival was canceled last year and many artists lost their jobs because of the ban.
(Alex Ebert for The Associated Press)The musicians at the Haras festival said that even though the government bans music, it still helps the musicians and their families.
“If you don’t go to a concert, you can still buy tickets for your friends to go and go,” said guitarist and singer Ghanim El Ghazi, who works as a teacher and as a tour guide.
“But in Harassem, it’s not a big deal.
If you go to the festival, you still have a lot to give.
It will be an extra donation, and the festival will also get your name out there.”
El Ghazi said that he would never turn down a ticket to perform in Morocco.
“I have no regrets,” he said.
But the musician’s parents also understand.
“My parents are really sad that I am not performing in Morocco anymore, but I have a plan.
I am going to Morocco and work as a chef and I hope that I can be able to bring back my family,” El Ghadi said.
“We hope that the country will continue to improve, because we will live a normal life here.”
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