Essaouira: The Gnaoua World Music Festival will return from June 22 to 24

The Gnaoua World Music Festival of Essaouira will be back in its original format from June 22 to 24, 2023. A new edition, with rhythms from here and beyond with the poster Mohamed Kouyou, Sanaa Marahati, Said Kouyou, Burundi Drummers Amagaba, and Jaleel Shaw.

After the constraints imposed by the health crisis due to Covid-19, The Gnaoua World Music Festival of Essaouira returned to its usual format and the city of Alizés. This 24th edition promises an eclectic program, between fusion concerts, intimate evenings, improvised jam sessions, and debates on ideas.

“If the global crisis has forced us to postpone the festival for three consecutive years, it has not succeeded in stopping our momentum and our determination. The Gnaoua World Music Festival of Essaouira is nourished by passion and perseverance. Today, more than ever, the preparation of this 24th edition proves that this spirit of resilience has never left us, “said Neila Tazi, producer, and founder of the festival in a statement.

The Gnaoua World Music Festival of Essaouira remains true to its vocation, namely to celebrate the richness and diversity of Gnaoua music and other forms of music of the world. The sounds of the guembri and crotales omnipresent will mix with the sounds of jazz in all its diversity, flamenco, reggae, salsa, or even Tuareg or Tamil rhythms. The public will have an appointment with the opening concert bringing together the Burundian drum troupe Amagaba and the American saxophonist Jaleel Shaw, the Moroccan singer Sanaa Marahati, and the Maâlems Mohamed and Saïd Kouyou.

This year, The Gnaoua World Music Festival of Essaouira has chosen a topical theme for its debates: “Identities and belonging”. The event thus invited artists, intellectuals, thinkers, and political, associative, and cultural actors of the world to defend and reinvent a more united world.

The program also included music workshops for young and old to discover and learn about Gnaoua music, its instruments, its rhythms, and its history. An opportunity for visitors to immerse themselves in Moroccan culture and learn more about the country’s musical heritage.


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