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Festival Gnaoua



A learned eclecticism

Maâlem Hamid El Kasri, Jaleel Shaw, Torsten de Winkel, Mustapha Antari (Morocco - USA - Germany)

A magnificent musical experience between the exceptional concert artist Maâlem Hamid El Kasri, saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, celebrated guitarist and author-composer Torsten de Winkel, and percussionnist Mustapha Antari. A 100% groove eclectic fusion that will echo across the city’s walls and beyond.

Moulay Hassan Stage – Saturday, June 24, 00:50

Audacity and discipline

Maâlem Abdesslam Alikane, Torsten de Winkel,Zouhair Amkas and Sulaiman Hakim (Morocco - Germany - USA)

An exceptional meeting of artists who share the extraordinary qualities of musical audacity, ascetic discipline, and their own personal experience of spirituality and wisdom. Maâlem Abdeslam Alikane, Torsten de Winkel on guitar, and Zouhair Amkas on drums will gather, listen, exchange, fusion, and delight us all ! A concert that promises both high focus and enchantment, under the colours of Morocco, Germany, and the United States.

Borj Bab Marrakech – Saturday, June 24, 8:15pm

A lovely spirituality in the air

Faiz Ali Faiz and Nass El Hal (Issaoua of Fez) (Pakistan - Morocco)

The great master of Qawwal, Faiz Ali Faiz, is a long-time Festival participant, and very open to collaborations with artists from different parts of the world. Between “Qawwali-Flamenco” and “Qawwali Gospel”, he initiates real dialogue between the vocal and liturgical practices from the Indo-Pakistani region and other cultures of the world. His 2010 performance— in the company of Titi Robin and the Issaoua of Meknes—at the thirteenth edition of the Gnaoua and World Music Festival in Essaouira has remained indelible in the Festival’s history. For this edition, he reconnects with the Issaoua, this time from Fez, for a concert steeped in spirituality and good energy.

Moulay Hassan Stage – Friday, June 23, 11:30pm

Girl power

The Amazones d’Afrique and Asmaa Hamzaoui & Bnat Tombouktou (Mali - Benin - Congo - Morocco)

This concert represents all the power of African divas, when the Amazones d’Afrique meet Asmaa Hamzaoui & Bnat Tombouktou. The former is the ultimate pan-African female supergroup, whose voices rise to celebrate love and much-needed solidarity among women. They put their talent in service to fight violence against women and young girls. The latter, Asmaa Hamzaoui, has demonstrated courage, audacity, and perseverance to impose herself as a maâlma, entering an exclusively masculine universe and paving the way for other women Gnaouies. A beautiful example of sisterhood, with a heavy dose of rhythm and brio.

Moulay Hassan Stage – Saturday, June 24, 10:00pm

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