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Until the 20th Century, the "Blue Men" of the Saharan regions of North Africa remained a powerful and independent force. Tribes such as the Senussi and the Reguibat, known for their indigo-dyed robes, navigated camel caravans across the lucrative trans-Saharan trade routes.
North Africa and East Africa account for over 60 per cent of the best times ever registered in distance races in track. Many sports analysts attribute this success to the population training harder than their counterparts in other parts of the world.
"Rai is my oxygen," says Cheb Mami, the Algerian artist who is taking the music genre to new heights.
A poor showing by Tunisia at the 2002 World Cup and the inability of North African neighbors Morocco and Algeria to enter the competition has forced the countries to reevaluate their football programmes.
Hannibal TV, the first private television channel in Tunisia, began airing on Sunday (13 February). The station founded by businessman Larbi Nasra, is named after the famed Carthaginian warrior.
While Egypt still remains the dominant force in Arab cinema, the Maghreb cinema industry is quickly becoming the vanguard for the Arab world.
Samira Said is one of the most popular female vocalists in North Africa and the Arab world.
While Al Andalus represents a glorious past to many Middle Eastern Arabs, people of the Maghreb region continue to embrace aspects of Andalusian culture. They inherited the culture from Andalusians who settled in North Africa after their expulsion from what is now southern Spain.