Essaouira - The 19th Gnaoua World Music Festival kicked off on Thursday in the Atlantic coastal town of Essaouira.
The edition (May 12-15) will pay tribute to the late artists Mahmoud Guinea et Tayeb Saddiki and to Senegalese Doudou N’diaye Rose.
Beside the traditional Gnaoua (Gnawa) music, the festival also includes jazz, pop, rock, and contemporary world music.
The Moulay Hassan stage will carry on the tradition with Randy Weston, Jamaaladeen Tacuma, Christian Scott, the Jeff Balard Trio and Hassan Hakmoun.
Blitz the Ambassador will represent the force of funky and Jazzy hip hop of Ghana, while Songhoy Blues will bring the energy of Mali before Las Migas from Barcelona enchant the public.