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Moroccan Music Icon Moulay Tahar Asbahani is Dead

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Segun Adewole
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Morocco is mourning the loss of Moulay Tahar Asbahani, a prominent member of the legendary musical group "Jil Jilala". The co-founder of the group passed away on Wednesday morning at the age of 75.

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Moulay Tahar was one of the main pillars of the Jil Jilala group. Born in Marrakech in 1948, he was known for his strong voice and great mastery of the performance of long maqams and traditional Moroccan songs, which made him the maestro of Jil Jilala.

In addition to singing, Moulay Tahar was also an accomplished actor. He began acting in the Tayeb Siddiqi troupe in the late sixties, and went on to become a well-known figure in the Moroccan acting scene.

Moulay Tahar's contribution to Moroccan music and culture has been immense, and his passing is being mourned by fans and fellow artists alike. Many took to social media to pay tribute to the legendary singer and express their condolences to his family.

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Moulay Tahar Asbahani's legacy will continue to live on through his music, which has touched the hearts of millions of people around the world.

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Jil Jilala, which was founded in the late 1960s, quickly became one of the most popular musical groups in Morocco and beyond, with their fusion of traditional Moroccan music and modern instrumentation. Moulay Tahar's powerful vocals and charismatic stage presence were a key part of their success, and he remained a central figure in the group until his passing.

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In recent years, Jil Jilala has continued to tour and perform, often featuring a new generation of musicians alongside the original members. Their music remains a beloved part of Moroccan cultural heritage and has influenced countless other artists in the region and beyond.

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