Neta Elkayem honored in Marrakech

The fourth edition of the Moroccans of the World Trophy, held last weekend in Marrakech, honored the Israeli artist Neta Elayem, of Jewish-Moroccan origin (her father is from Tinghir and her mother from Casablanca), as a Moroccan artist with an exceptional career and a music inspired by the Jewish-Moroccan musical heritage, who has succeeded in impacting the world.

During the speech she gave on this occasion, and through which she made a point of expressing herself in Arabic, Neta expressed her joy at receiving this honor and recognition in the country of her ancestors, and she also expressed her thanks and gratitude to all the Moroccan artists who have inspired her since the beginning of her artistic journey, including Zahra El Fassia, Sami El Maghribi and Raymond L’Bidawiya. Accompanied by her husband, Amit Hai Cohen, Neta sang many famous songs, on which the audience danced, to the rhythms of the Bandir that she always has with her.

The event also honored Moroccan-born American health scientist Moncef Slaoui. Other prizes were awarded to Moroccans who have excelled in their fields of work abroad, from France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Great Britain, the United States of America and Israel. They are Jalil ben Abdullah, from France, who received the prize in the Entrepreneurship category, and Mounir Satori, MEP since 2019, who received the prize in the Politics category. The prize in the Scientific Research category was offered to Samira Favi Kramer, a biologist and recipient of the Medal of Honor of the French Republic in 2021, while Mohamed El Bashir from Belgium received the prize in the Civil Society category. In addition, the prize in the Sports category was awarded to Amira Tahri from the Netherlands, world champion of kickboxing. The “Art and Culture” prize was awarded to Sidi Larbi Sharkaoui from Belgium, who has worked in major theaters and rubbed shoulders with international stars.

It should be noted that this event, founded by Amine Saad, is organized by the magazine BM, whose editor-in-chief is the competent journalist Amal Daoud.

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