American pop icon, actress, director and writer, Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone is celebrating her 60th birthday in the former imperial city of Marrakech in western Morocco.
The American singer wrote on her Facebook and Instagram accounts on the eve of the big day.
“Walking thru the Labyrinth of the Medina during the Call to Prayer,”
She posted a “birthday, magic, adventure” video shot at night in the labyrinthine alleys of the city’s ancient market.
On Tuesday, she posted a portrait of herself wearing a fez decorated with berber jewelry, along with a caption reading:
“Today I am wearing C A K E on my head!”
Celebrity watchers in Marrakech said Moroccan police were keeping journalists and photographers at bay, while speculation was rife over the venue and guest list for the star’s birthday celebrations.
In her career, Madonna has performed on 10 concert tours and sold more than 300 million records, making her the best-selling female recording artist of all time, according to the Guinness World Records.
Pursuing a music career, Madonna recorded demos with her boyfriend Stephen Bray. An early rejection letter from 1981 was auctioned in New York City in 2001, in which a music professional states: “I do not feel she is ready yet, but I do hear the basis of a strong artist.”
Holiday was Madonna’s first breakthrough hit in the US, entering the chart late in 1983 and climbing to number 16 in January 1984.
Other early career-defining singles Like A Virgin and Material Girl followed. The year 1985 was a landmark one for the young singer. Her Virgin Tour was a sell-out, supported by the Beastie Boys, and Madonna played at the historic Live Aid concert, helping to raise money for famine victims in Ethiopia.
In 2017, Forbes estimated Madonna’s net worth at $580m (£454m), making her the richest female artist based in America. Celine Dion is a runner-up with $380m (£299m). After seven huge world tours, the artist is looking to develop her performance style to suit smaller audiences.