Franz Ferdinand Rocks 2019 ‘Jazzablanca’ Festival

Rabat – The Scottish rock group brought the Casablanca Hippodrome to its feet on the first night of the Jazzablanca Festival, lasting from July 2 -12.The band started the set – their first on the continent – with “Stand On The Horizon” from their 2013 album “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.”Although Alex Kapranos mostly exhorted the audience with phrases of French or in his native English, he also demonstrated that he had memorized some Darija before taking the stage. “Kulchi bekhir? Kulchi mezian?” Kapranos asked the crowd, delivering the customary Moroccan greeting like a slightly sheepish punchline, to cheers from the audience.Caption: Franz Ferdinand performing “Take Me Out” from their 2004 Grammy-nominated debut photo credits: Sarah Goodman/MWNHowever, Franz Ferdinand’s showmanship was far more physical than linguistic: Kapranos’ made periodic fan kicks at the microphone. During the rendition of 2004 hit “Take Me Out,” four of the five musicians moved center stage for synchronized jumps during the chorus.Franz Ferdinand’s eponymously titled 2004 debut album launched them onto the global music scene, one of a handful of rock bands to emerge from Great Britain in the early 2000s. Along with the Kaiser Chiefs and the Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand helped pioneer a dancefloor-friendly, slightly frenetic, punk-influenced variant of rock.The setlist telescoped in time, interspersing Grammy-nominated hits from the early 2000s with tracks from their most recent album, “Always Ascending,” released in February 2018.Photo credits: SIFE ELAMINE/JAZZABLANCAAudience members enthusiastically sang along to “Do You Want To,” a track from Franz Ferdinand’s 2005 album “You Could Have It So Much Better,” the group’s second album, which also topped the charts in both the United Kingdom and the United States.Performing for Casablanca, Franz Ferdinand alternated  hits from their early repertoire, such as “The Dark Of The Matinée,” “Jacqueline,” and “Michael,” with recent songs like “Ulysses” and “Lazy Boy.”Returning to the stage for the encore, Kapranos addressed the crowd with a glass of wine in one hand and a cigarette in the other, instructing everyone to “feel the love.”Franz Ferdinand’s performance at the 14th edition of Jazzablanca photo credits: Sarah Goodman/MWNLeaving the stage at the end of the set, the musicians graciously paused for selfies and handshakes with fans gathering by the exit.Jazzablanca’s history roughly coincides with Franz Ferdinand’s timeline: the first festival was held in 2006. Now on its 14th edition, Jazzablanca boasts of presenting a wide range of artists representing an equally wide range of genres. Homegrown ensemble Les Frères Souissi, branding themselves as Moroccan Jazz, will perform at this year’s festival as will the disco-funk legend Al McKay, the Grammy-winning guitarist of 1970s group Earth, Wind, and Fire. read more

Woman who sued NHS for £25m claiming operation left her in agony

A woman who tried to claim £2.5m from the NHS after claiming that having vaginal mesh fitted had left her in constant pain has been sent to prison after pictures showed her enjoying her daughter’s Ibiza hen partyLesley Maria Elder, 50, from Poole, Dorset, was caught after photos on social media showed her taking part in the celebrations in night clubs on the party island.Elder claimed she was left disabled by constant pain following a vaginal mesh operation and could no longer work or do routine tasks without help.She sued the George Eliot Hospital NHS Trust in Nuneaton, where she underwent the surgery in 2010, for £2.5 million.But a judge found she had “grossly, dishonestly and repeatedly” exaggerated her symptoms.Undercover surveillance also showed Elder was able to go shopping and to walk her dog regularly, without the aid of a walking stick.Elder was jailed for five months at the High Court in London for contempt of court over her false claims.She was sentenced in her absence.Judge Karen Walden-Smith said: “This was a deliberate and persistent making of false statements for the purpose of falsely recovering significant monies from a publicly-funded body.” The court was told Elder suffered a genuine injury as a result of the surgery, which it later transpired was not necessary because she had been misdiagnosed.The NHS trust admitted liability but disputed the amount she claimed, and a judge at a county court in 2017 ruled she was entitled to just £120,000 instead. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more