The Gnaoua and World Music Festival will return from June 20 to 23 in Essaouira for an enticing 22nd edition, with three days of musical exploration through nearly 40 musical concerts in different parts of the city.
This annual meeting will put side by side, as usual, an areopagus of great masals of Morocco as well as great musicians of the international scene for mergers between ancestral and modern music, indicate the organizers in a statement.
For this edition, “the festival invites to travel through music as a universal language,” explain the organizers, noting that this new edition will be spoken on all tones and all sounds: Cuban, Tuareg, Tamil, but also jazz , flamenco, reggae with international artists including Tinariwen, Osain Del Monto, Third World … and of course the tagnaouite which will be at the heart of the dialogues, always ready to take up the challenges and merge with all.
These different trips, it is said, will not be done without the energy and touch of youth, recalling that the youth that is at the heart of the major concerns of the festival, will be well represented, with the young maâlem Houssam Gania, the rising star of the African world Moh Koyate and the fiery Betweenatna who will also be there.
On the programming side, the Moulay El Hassan stage will host the Mâalem Hamid El Kasri and the English singer Susheela Raman, Maâlem Hassan Hakmoun and The Universal Force, Maâlem Omar Hayat and Moh Koyaté, Maâlem Houssam Gania and Hahouma, Maria Del Mar Moreno and Nabyla Maan.
As for Dar Loubane, it will house more intimate concerts, such as more acoustic fusions like that of Maalem Alikane and his troupe Tyun Gnaoua with his accomplice, the drummer Karim Ziad, and the percussionist Rhani Krija, or a moment of encounter between flamenco and tagnaouite with Jorge Pardo and Maalem Said Oughassal.
With regard to the intellectual aspect of the Festival, this year’s human rights forum, under the theme “the power of culture against the culture of violence”, will open up to the ideas and alternatives that are projected for a better world of women and men from all walks of life, it is said.
Artists, academics and political and associative actors from Morocco, the Maghreb, the Arab region, Africa and other regions of the world will come to testify, exchange and reflect on the responsibility of the cultural actor to curb violence and work for more appeasement, concludes the same source.