- Aissam AKHIYAT
- PubliéJune 1, 2022
After a two-year hiatus, the Gnaoua Festival of Essaouira, this iconic event of the Moroccan music scene, welcomes you for its 24th edition.
This year, the event reinvents itself once again and becomes the Gnaoua Festival Tour. With 4 cities on the menu and about thirty concerts, several stages will vibrate to the rhythms of this ancestral music from 3 to 24 June 2022. Indeed, the musical caravan will start in Essaouira and will stop in Marrakech, Casablanca and Rabat.
The Gnaoua Festival Tour is a long awaited opportunity to celebrate the inclusiveness and tolerance of Moroccan culture. With a unique program, the tour will be an opportunity to celebrate the originality of this tradition and share its values of coexistence.
Essaouira: birthplace of the festival
The first stop of the festival, Essaouira, will offer its public 12 concerts and an exceptional line-up. 11 of the most famous musicians of Essaouira will be present on June 3 and 4 at the Place El Menzeh and Dar Souiri.
The Malian Farka Touré, nicknamed the “Hendrix of the desert”, will meet the virtuosos of African and Amazigh music, Abdeslam Alikane and Aziz Ouzouss.
For the avid jazz fans, many talented artists will animate the stage and will make you tune into the rhythms of this extraordinary music. Jamaaladeen Tacuma, with Ronnie Burrage on drums and Kelvyn Bell on guitar, will share the stage with the maâlem with the fascinating voice of Saïd Boulhimas. The star Moktar and his Gnaoua Soul project and the maâlem Houssam will also give a concert with six other exceptional musicians.
Marrakech: 2nd stop of the Gnaoua festival of Essaouira
Marrakech will vibrate to the rhythms of the Gnaoua Festival of Essaouira on June 9 and 10. The festival will take place at the Mégarama and at the center Les Étoiles of Jamaa El Fnaa to live unforgettable moments in the company of two of the greatest Gnaoua maâlems.
Abdelkebir Merchane and Mustapha Baqbou who will be accompanied on stage by a group of exceptional musicians. A second concert, scheduled for June 10, will be tinted with Moroccan colors. The master Abderrazak El Hadir, will perform with three musicians of the new generation, at the Centre Les Étoiles de Jamâa El Fna. In sum, Marrakech will host five concerts.
Casablanca: tour from 16 to 19 June 2022
In Casablanca, the Gnaoua Festival Tour wishes to promote and highlight multiculturalism in music. The festival gives appointment to the Casablancais on 16, 17 and 19 at the two big stages, the Mohamed V stadium (16 and 17 June) and the Uzine (19 June). The maâlem Hassan Boussou, passionate about fusion, invites on stage the English folk singer, Piers Faccini, as well as the talented Soukaina Fahsi, icon of the Moroccan song.
On June 17, two intense concerts and many experiences are reserved for the public. First, the Gnaoui master Ismail Rahil and the Assala trio will set the stage on fire with their mix of sounds. To close the evening, the maâlem Khalid Sansi and Cima Funk will marry Gnaoua and Cuban rhythms.
Rabat: the last station of the Gnaoua Festival of Essaouira
The last stop of the festival will be Rabat. Jazz will be part of the menu once again, being one of the most favorite musical genres for the public. The Gnaoua Festival Tour will present on June 23 an exceptional concert at the Mohammed V National Theater. Avishai Cohen, iconic figure of jazz and composer of genius, will perform with the maâlem Hamid El Kasri. Both artists will perform with Emile Parisien and Vincent Peirani. The group will be accompanied by the Moroccan singer Nabyla Maan.
Blues will also be part of the program. The Majid Bekkas Afro-Gnaoua Blues Band will be performing on June 24 at the cinema La Renaissance. Thus, the Gnaoua Festival Tour will close its tour in Rabat with five concerts; 2 fusion concerts, 2 Gnaoua concerts and 1 jazz concert.
For this 24th edition, there are at least 150 artists from 15 countries. Together, they will enlighten the different stages and share their passion with this warm and loyal public.
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