A spectacular festival of African music - TANGIER WOMAAF (World Music And African Art Festival) - begins October 13 and ends on October 15th. The Festival is the brain-child of a remarkable woman from Cameroon, Elise Dintchen-Coucke
"Of African origin and proud of it, citizen of the world of life and a traditional African society princess, I love Tangiers," says Elise Dintchen-Coucke. "I created the WOMAAF TANGER to become the emblematic flagship of the arts, cultures and African music that shines on the West and Africa from Tangier, this iconic city of the African continent and Morocco's closest city to Europe".
"Tanger is beginning to realise the importance of its strategic position within Africa and the role it can play as the "Diamond of the African continent" - Elise Dintchen-Coucke, founder of WOMAAFElise Dintchen-Coucke explains, "Africa has many great countries, but there is one in particular: Morocco. It is a land of welcome, tolerance and openness, where the highest authorities constantly reminded by their example and commitment that openness to others, living together and tolerance are core values. It is also for these reasons in particular that Morocco develops as successful south-south relations on an equal footing with countries in sub-Saharan African brothers."
Every year WOMAAF will puts an African country in the spotlight. This first edition of the festival showcases Burkina Faso.
|Amity Meria – Burkina Faso|
"What country, in the eyes of others, represents a model for art, culture and music? That's the Burkina Faso which is why we have chosen it as the guest country. Burkina Faso gathers today around the culture that is the cement of its national cohesion. I did not think to my country, Cameroon, because you have to be objective,"said Elise Dintchen Coucke
The WOMAAF Tangier will programme concerts of artists from Sub-Saharan Africa and Morocco. "Cheik Tidiane Seck from Mali and Patience Dabany of Gabon, who both support the vision and goals of the festival will also perform," says Elise Dintchen Couck, "They are the godparents of WOMAAF Festival of Tangier".
|Blandine (République Démocratique du Congo)|
Burkina Faso's painters have already arrived to prepare works produced in Tangier that will be presented during the festival and the gala evening with an African fashion show of the great African stylist Burkinabe Pathé'O and a major Moroccan designer.
Another part of the festival will be the creation of Dar Africa, a meeting place for friendship and conviviality that will highlight the wealth of arts, culture and music of Africa and Morocco. Dar Africa will be open throughout the year and will house the permanent activities of WOMAAF Tangier.
A gala evening will close the festival with an African fashion show by the great African stylist Burkinabe Pathé'O from the Ivory Coast and a majo Moroccan designer.
The festival WOMAAF Tangier and Dar Africa aim to promote tourism in Tangier and develop the culture of Africa and Morocco as well as to to promote cultural and artistic miscegenation between Moroccan artists and the rest of the world including Sub-Saharan Africa.