The international festival of Raï is in full swing in Oujda and continues until the 14th of July. The top events of Eastern Morocco's most anticipated summer festival will see major concerts next weekend, with regional, national and international stars of Raï.
Raï is a music style that originated in Algeria in the 1930s. It appealed to young people who sought to modernize the traditional Islamic values and attitudes. Regional, secular, and religious drum patterns, melodies, and instruments were blended with Western electric instrumentation.
The sixth international festival of Raï organised by the Association Oujda Arts began on July 5th and runs until the 14th. It will culminate at the end of this week with major concerts on July 12, 13 and 14 with the organisers expecting to attract over 700,000 spectators.
Cheb (and Chebba) Khaled, Bilal, Mami, Faudel, Zahouania, Cheb Abbes, Simo El Aissaoui Mouss Maher, the greater will be there, along with local stars came from Nador, Guercif Ahfir, not to mention Oujdis.
While the theme is rai, Moroccan popular and modern music is not forgotten, with Statia and Fnaire billed to appear. Belgian group "107 Quater" will present pieces of rock & roll mixed at Rai in their show "Rock Raï".
Street performances are dedicated this year to Africa with the participation of 10 African troops in Djibouti, Comoros, Niger, Guinea Bissau, Mali, Mauritania, Equatorial Guinea, Burundi, Chad, Congo without forget Morocco.
The festive atmosphere facing the East along this event will be enhanced by an evening of laughter hosted by Hamdi Duo, Lawia, Lefhama and comedian Abdelkader Sector.
Arts and crafts will be celebrated by the female "Dar Maalma Expo 2012" from July 10 to 15, and will highlight the expertise held by women of the East and other regions of Morocco, but also Algeria, Mauritania and Tunisia.
The visual arts are not forgotten with the meeting "histoireS2rives", which will celebrate the French-Moroccan artist Delilah Alaoui, Wednesday, July 11th at 18:30 at the gallery Moulay El Hassan.
Visit the Festival site here