Fez - The twenty-first Fez Festival of World Sacred Music will take place from May 22 to 30 under the theme of “Fez: an African reflection.”
Fez – The twenty-first Fez Festival of World Sacred Music will take place from May 22 to 30 under the theme of “Fez: an African reflection.”
The theme is inspired by King Mohammed VI’s visits to different African countries that share deeply rooted connections with of Morocco, especially the city of Fez.
This year’s Festival focuses on Hassan Al Wazzan, known as Leo Africanus, who is famous for his seminal book Description of Africa, and Sidi Ahmed Tijjani, who founded the Tariqa Tijaniya, which is mainly prominent in West Africa.
Ali Ben Makhlouf will chair a forum with the participation of renowned intellectuals and scholars, many of whom are experts of the historical relationship between Fez and Sub-Saharan Africa.
The attendees will debate different topics, including spiritual and commercial paths, linguistic pluralism in Africa, Africa and the sacred, Hassan Al Wazzan, and contemporary issues, such education and health.
The aesthetic side of the festival is portrayed through a rich musical program, which will incorporate great musicians from Africa and around the world.
The opening spectacle, entitled “Fez: in search of Africa”, benefits from the latest innovations in multimedia technology to make the audience understand the life of Hassan Al Wazzan.
The shows will take place in Bab Al Makina and will extend to different locations, including Batha Museum, Dar Mokri, Sidi Mohammed cultural complex, and Jnan Sbil.
Artists and groups taking part in the Festival include the prominent Tunisian singer Saber Rebaï; Africa Spirit, the most famous masculine vocal group in the history of rhythm, blues and Soul Music; and Hussain Al Jassmi, whose voice and feelings spellbind listeners.