Issaoua d’EssaouiraLa scène de la Plage
The brotherhood of Issaoua figures among the principal religious brotherhoods in Morocco. Issaoua comes from the Sufi tradition, and evokes this tradition, asking God for support through their music. This devotional aspect of their musical work is evident during the yearly celebration of the birth of the Prophet, when they perform the songs and dance born of ancestral ritual. The Essaouira-based Issaoua troupe has appeared many times at the Gnaoua Festival.