Dj sets, concerts, creations and artistic meetings, talks and debates … Atlas Electronic returns for an edition under the sign of intercultural mobility. More than 130 artists programmed, more than 50% of African origin.
At the heart of the picturesque Villa Janna ecolodge, in the palm grove of Marrakech, Atlas Electronic presents a program: with more than 130 artists, representing 15 countries, this 4th edition unveils a new line up combining music, talks, debates, creations and workshops.
Under the motto “Moving Forward”, Atlas Electronic aims to raise awareness every year about the issue of mobility. The festival aims to focus on inequalities in freedom of movement and displacement and their impact on the global cultural landscape. Indeed, for some, traveling beyond the territories is a real luxury.
It is a freedom of movement, speech and thought that is not given to everyone, especially artists, around the world. In this sense, Atlas Electronic has set up a program that addresses the theme from different angles and through various artistic disciplines: Music, photography, video, workshops and debates.
From August 29 to September 1, the festival will host, around its three scenes, more than 125 artists with multiple universes. New York legend Joaquin “Joe” Claussell has just confirmed his participation. It will be in artistic residency the week before the festival, and will present Friday, August 30 a unique hybrid set: “Sacred Rythms and Cosmic Art”, resulting from his cultural immersion.
The closing set, on Sunday 1st September, will be reserved for a specialist: Rui Vargas, longtime friend of the festival, resident DJ and music director of the renowned Lux Fragil club in Lisbon.
There will also be DJS KALBOCA from Morocco, as well as Parisian producer and djette Crystallmess, NTS resident and winner of NTS WIP 2019 with dancehall, ambient and afro-trance sounds. “White Gaoui” Jauk Armal will also be on hand as well as Moroccan experimental music group Raskas and South African singer Ntombi Ndaba.
The latter is part of a project by resident artist Esa Williams to highlight different types of African sounds and explore the culture and historical background from which they were inspired.
The showcase organized by Esa Williams will be an opportunity to discover the diversity of South African music through artists such as Ntombi Ndaba or Nonku Phiri.
“For the last three years, I’ve been able to present at Atlas Electronic performances by fellow artists (like Mim Suleiman or Ata Kakl). For this edition, I wanted to continue in the same direction by going a little further than just presenting the pieces”, says Esa Williams.
The stage of the amphitheater will be occupied by the producer of future jazz label Kamal Williams. He will invite Kieron Ifill alias K15, as well as Louis Chen, Mr Wynters and grime artist Mez. The same evening, go with the Moroccan MC Yazid Bezaz.
“It’s nice to be back at Atlas Electronic as curator and partner. It’s my favorite festival. I invited several friends to come and enjoy this very inspiring event for the North African and European community,” said Kamal Williams.
After having participated for the last three years in the festival, the Moroccan label Casa voyager will have this year a dedicated stage. It will host the Moroccan MMMC coach, as well as live performances by Viewtiful Joe and Gary Gritness.
The program is also planned Back to back between mad miran and Kreggo. A scene will also be dedicated to the London organization Boiler Room which will host several artists: Houariyate, Dollypran, Polyswitch …. As usual, she will broadcast live sets.
Talks, dance and other activities on the program. In addition to the musical line-up, Atlas Electronic offers a beautiful platform for other forms of art, such as the project “Afrorack” by Ugandan Bamanyan Brian or “Guedra”, a feminine project of traditional dance.
From Friday to Saturday, festival-goers will also be able to enjoy talks and debates on various subjects, including “copyright”, “emancipation of artists”,…