Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Snarky Puppy, Hamid El Kasri and Hoba Hoba Spirit to open Gnaoua Festival

The Gnaoua and World Music Festival returns for its 21st edition, from June 21 to 23 in Essaouira. One of the most important artistic events of the Moroccan and international cultural agenda which starts with an opening parade

Opening parade - 18h00 @Bab Doukala

The opening of the festival is always a moment of great emotion. Every year, a colorful show, led by the Gnaoua maâlems, strolls through the streets of Essaouira to announce the beginning of the festivities.

Snarky Puppy Artistic Residence With Maâlem Hamid El Kasri @ 20h30 @ Scene Moulay Hassan

To kick off this edition, the Gnaoua and World Music Festival presents a high-end concert with the Snarky Puppy, an instrumental fusion jazz group and the most international of the maâlems: Hamid El Kasri.

This concert is the result of a residency of more than a week, where the musicians worked together to present a new musical creation.

The Snarky Puppy collective, coming to Africa for the first time, brings together talented musicians based in Brooklyn and from different cultures. Led by the bassist Michael League, and in the presence of the pianist, member of the group and regular of the festival, Bill Laurence.

The artistic residency of Maâlem Hamid El Kasri and the Snarky Puppy promises sparks. The rigor and the experience of maâlem will bring a new dimension to this musical encounter with a group that loves sharing.

Casablanca maâlems Ismael Rahil, Brahim Hamam and Khalid Sansi -9:30 pm @ Moulay Hassan stage

Hoba Hoba Spirit@ 23:00 @ Scene Moulay Hassan

Dar Loubane performances

23h00: Maâlem Haddada
00h15: Maâlem Ahmed Baqbou
Zaouia Issaoua
23h00: Maâlem Guadiri Hassan
00h15: Maâlem Omar Hayat
Zaouia Sidna Bilal
22h00 : Concert Hommage « Alwan Souira »
7 colors and 7 maâlems, this is the theme of this new tribute to the dead maâlems of the brotherhood of Essaouira.

The seven maâlems:
Maâlem Si Mohamed DARDAR
Maâlem Saïd BOURKI
Maâlem Abdellah AKHARAZ
Maâlem Abdelaziz SOUDANI
Maâlem Seddik LAARACHE
Maâlem Mokhtar GANIA
Maâlem Allal Soudani


Based in Brooklyn, Snarky Puppy is an instrumental fusion collective of more than 25 rotating musicians. Its members have played with big names such as Erykah Badu, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar or D'Angelo. Their music combines American "white" and "black" music with accents and influences from around the world. The members come from Japan, Argentina, Canada, Great Britain and Puerto Rico. The band was created in 2004 by composer and bassist Michael League.  The band won three Grammy Awards: in 2014, best R & B performance for their interpretation of Brenda Russell's song " Something"; in 2016 and 2017, Grammy Award for the best contemporary instrumental album for the albums "Sylva" and "Culcha Vulcha".


Hamid El Kasri was born in Ksar El Kebir in 1961 in northern Morocco. He was trained at the age of 7 by the maalem Alouane and Abdelouahed Stitou, but his passion comes from the husband of his grandmother, a former Sudanese slave. His talent allows him to reconcile the Gnaoua rhythms of North and South Morocco. He owes his reputation to his voice, deep and intense. This same voice makes him one of the most appreciated and sought after maalem. A regular at the Gnaoua and World Music Festival, he created the event in 2004 with the late Austrian legendary pianist Joe Zawinul, presenting one of the Festival's most memorable fusions. At the 2010 edition, Hamid El Kasri presented "Yobadi", an album of mergers, fruit of a close collaboration with Karim Ziad.


Between rock, hip hop, funk and Moroccan folklore, Hoba Hoba Spirit embodies the avant-garde, contemporary Moroccan scene with songs that become hits every time. Between "Welcome to Casa" and "Blad Skyzo", the singles are engraved in the memory of Moroccans. The group has 8 albums to its credit, including the last "Kamayanbaghi" (January 2018), and more than 500 concerts in Morocco and abroad. The Hoba have embarked on a great American tour where the press talked about "fun, intense funk moroccan band" (New York Music Daily), or "powerhouse mix" (Broadway World). The latest instalment of the group "Kamayanbaghi" offers thirteen new pieces illustrated by the artist Rebel Spirit ... Hoba Hoba Spirit and imposes itself as a generous and iconic group, both on stage and in their production.


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