Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Essaouira Gnawa and world music festival - a huge success

Once again Essaouira has turned on a world class music festival. More than 500.000 people attended between June 22 through 25. Last year's record of 450.000 was easily beaten.

The Arab rock musician Rachid Taha sang at the closing concert of the festival, fascinating hundreds of thousands of Gnawa music fans.

The sublime "Gnawa Maalems" band played on Saturday evening, featuring several famous local and international singers and musicians: Abdeslam Alikane, Hamid El Kasri and Mustapha Bakbou.

The Pakistani brother singers Mehr and Sher Ali went on the stage on Saturday evening, at the splendid Bab Marrakech square, to play a special concert interpreting their qawwali directory in front of thousands of fans.

The cultural event was covered by more than 170 journalists, including 70 foreigners, and aired by many satellite channels.


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