The 16th edition of the International Festival of Nomads, which will take place from April 4 to 6 in M’hamid El Ghizlane, promises a rich program of artistic and cultural activities, the organizers said. “Having as keywords to know, discover, share, this edition will present several artistic, cultural and traditional events such as the performing arts, workshops and exhibitions, camel racing and sand hockey”, said the organizers in a communicated.
Thus, more than fifteen concerts will enamor the evenings including that of Mehdi Nassouli, gifted young who has rubbed shoulders with the biggest masals of Morocco, and considered as the new generation of Gnaouie tradition and Cheick Tidiane Seck, keyboard virtuoso who juggles between jazz and music African and ignites Parisian and Malian scenes. As for the Algerian musician-performer Hasna El Bécharia, with a deep and peaceful voice, she will play Gnawa music that traditionally only men are allowed to practice.
Other renowned artists such as Nouamane Lahlou, star of contemporary Moroccan song, Takrist Nakal and Abdallah Oumbadougou legend of Tuareg music that returns to the scene after many years of absence, Mariaa Siga talented Senegalese composer and singer, Nabil and Manou Othmani worthy heirs of the late Baly Othmani, Benkadi Trio fiery percussionists from Burkina Faso, the Liziba Ballet with the fiery rhythms of the Congo, Mallal singer Amazigh engaged, Manina with his poetry and his Sahrawi-Berber singing, Oulad M’hamid local groups in residence (Young Nomads, Taragalt Generation, Ajial) and more … “will delight our senses during these three days,” according to the same source.
The will of the festival is to honor prestigious international and Moroccan artists and also to discover upcoming artists, the statement said. “The essence of this 16th edition is to highlight the heritage of the nomads of the Sahara, renew each year of unforgettable moments of emotion, but also invite travelers from Morocco and the world to discover the oasis of M’hamid El Ghizlane and its beautiful desert,” according to festival director Noureddine Bougrab, quoted by the statement. “The 2019 edition is yet another challenge: together, at the gateway to the desert, we are reviving a historic hub to make it an oasis of peace that welcomes all dreams and hopes,” said M Bourgab.
Since its launch, this international cultural event has seen the passage of more than 2,500 speakers and records each year the participation of an average of 20,000 visitors from Morocco and abroad, thus contributing to the economic growth of the region and its tourist promotion. This year at least 24,000 visitors are expected.