By Safaa Kasraoui
Rabat – The Blue City of Chefchaouen will host the 32nd annual National Festival for Modern Moroccan Poetry on April 7 and 8.
The two-day event will bring together emblematic figures of the world of poetry to celebrate the literary art within the mountainous atmosphere of the city of Chefchaouen.
The festival will provide poetry lovers with a unique opportunity to meet with some of the most notable figures of poetry in Morocco.
The event will be organized by Friends of Al Mouaatamid association in coordination with the Ministry of Culture, the urban community, the provincial council and prefecture of Chefchaouen, the council of the Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima region and the cultural center of Chefchaouen .
This edition will be dedicated to Moroccan songwriter and journalist Abderrafi Jouhari, whose works have enriched the national cultural heritage. Jouhari is the composer of many well-known works, including Rahila, which was famously sung by Mohammed Al Hayani, Al Qamar Al Ahmar, performed by Abdelhadi Belkhayat and Ya Jar Wadina, by Rajae Belmalih.
“Through this choice, the Friends of Al Mouatamid association aims to pay tribute to Abderrafi Jouhari for being a symbol of literature and poetry in Morocco. It is an acknowledgment to his pioneering role as a creator,” said the association in a press release.
Jouhari attempted to give a living and tangible image to this genre of art, and his writings have marked contemporary literature in Morocco.
Abderrafi Jouhari was born in 1943 in Fes. As a journalist, he is best known as the author of Nafida.