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History was made as Red Bull BC One crowned its first B-Boy king to represent the Middle East & African territories.

In Morocco, on September 14 at the iconic Royal Theatre of Marrakesh over a thousand break enthusiasts bore witness to some of the region's most heated battles as 16 B-Boys from across the Middle Eastern & African territories battled it out for the acclaimed title.

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Two hours of breathtaking throwdowns, coupled with some exciting Moroccan side acts resulted in a final battle between B-Boy Lil Zoo from Morocco and B-Boy Chakal (Algeria).

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Pictured below is B-Boy Klash in action.

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Klash is captured in mid-air performing in Marrakesh.

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Finals day itself was a hectic affair, with the decisive head-to-head not only a battle of the dancers but also a battle of the nations. Morocco’s Lil Zoo and Algeria’s Chakal both whipped the masses into a frenzy in the gladiator-style open-air arena with their high-energy style, but in the end it was local hero Lil Zoo who took the win in front of a delighted home crowd to secure his place at the Red Bull BC One World Final in Rio de Janeiro in December.

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Abdallah is captured below in action battling The Curse at the Red Bull BC One Middle East and African qualifier. 

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The wait is over for the competitors, as the judges (pictured below) reveal the all-important scores for this battle.

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"This is the best day of my life" B-Boy Lil Zoo said of his victory. "Red Bull BC One is what I grew up aspiring to and finally the day has come where I can represent my country and my region at the Red Bull BC One World Final!"

Despite missing out on the golden ticket to Brazil, another Moroccan dancer, Yoriyas, underlined the importance of events such as Red Bull BC One for the local scene: “Morocco has a lively B-Boy scene that started in Casablanca in the early 1990s," he said. 

"Even today 50% of the b-boys live in Casablanca, with the rest scattered all over the country. An event like Red Bull BC One finally gives us the recognition we need. That will help us to grow the scene even more and to inspire a whole new generation of b-boys throughout Morocco!”

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B-Boys Ronnie, Cico and Roxrite meet the locals in Marrakech.

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