By Ahlam Ben Saga
Rabat – Martin Garrix, Kadim Al Saher, Ebo Taylor, Ara Malikian, Aminux, Ihab Amir and Salim Bennani will be the names to mark the grand opening for the 17th of Mawazine Festival Rhythm of the World on June 22.
In its latest press release on March 29, Maroc Cultures association in charge of cultural and artistic creation, presented the scheduled concerts for the opening day of Mawazine festival’s 17th edition whose stages in OLM Souissi, Nahda, Sale, Bouregreg venue, and Mohammed V National Theater will witness the rebirth of the legendary festival starting June 22-30, 2018.
On the evening of Friday, June 22 the OLM Souissi stage in Rabat will dance to the beats of young superstar Martin Garrix.
Born in 1996 in Amstelveen-Netherlands, Martijn Gerard Garritsen better known as Martin Garrix began his career in 2012 as a musician, record producer, DJ and ghostwriter.
In five years time, Garrix has already made it to stardom following the release of his songs “BFAM” and “Just Some Loops” and was named “the world’s top DJ” by DJ Mag’s annual Top 100 DJs poll In 2016-2017, making him “the youngest ever recipient of the award.”
Kadim Al Saher
After his concerts in Mawazine-2011-2014-2015-2016, the “Caesar of Arabic Song” and “Iraq’s Ambassador to the world” Kadim Al Sahir will mark his fifth return to the festival in Nahda stage on the same evening of the grand opening.
Kadim Al Saher whose first name is also written as “Kathem” or “Kadem,” is an Iraqi singer, composer and songwriter born in 1957.
Al Saher is one of the most successful singers in the history of the Arab music industry; his rise to fame began in 1987 with romantic ballads, Arab classical music, pop and songs on political issues written in collaboration with some of the brightest poets of the Arab world such as late poet Nizar Al Qabbani.
Al Saher’s orchestra is composed of 20 to 30 musicians who play instruments like Oud, Qanun, nay (flute), violin, cello and bass during his performances.
Afrobeat music of Ghanaian guitarist, composer, producer and singer Ebo Taylor will fill the Bouregreg stage which will witness a reunion of African music lovers.
Ebo Taylor was born in 1936 in Accra-Ghana. In the late 1950s, he resumed his life as a musician with a fusion of Highlife, Jazz and Afrobeat, and took his own band “Black Star Highlife Band” in London in 1962 where he encountered and associated with Nigerian Afrobeat star Fela Kuti.
Taylor has left his mark in the Ghanaian music throughout the six decades of his career until now.
Ara Malikian will hold his performance in Mohammed V National Theater on the same day.
Born in 1968 in Beirut-Lebanon, Spanish Violinist of Armenian descent Ara Malikian started playing the violin at an early age and made his first ever concert at the age of 12.
Malikian studied Music in Berlin’s music school “Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hannover” where he was admitted as “the youngest student” in the school.
He fuses music of different cultures such as Arab, Jewish, Central Europe’s gipsy music, tango, flamenco and Klezmer.
Malikian performed in concerts and festivals in more than 40 destinations in the world including New York, Madrid, Venice, Cuba, Paris, Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur among others.
Aminux and Salim Bennani
Every year, Mawazine festival grants half of its program to Moroccan artists, this year’s edition will also not fail this tradition.
Moroccan talent Amine Temri better known as professionally known as Aminux will perform in Sale stage.
Born in 1991 in Morocco’s northern city, Tangier Aminux was a member of Moroccan Rap group “T-Clan” in 2008 before he debuted his solo career that made him one of the country’s most viewed artists on YouTube.
Aminux released his first solo music video in 2013 under the name “TFAT CHEM3A” (the candle was extinguished) which preceded his popular song “ANA WIAK” (Me & you).
Salim Bennani bandleader of rising Moroccan folklore group “Cravata” whose songs such as “Wana Wana,” “Sef Seyef,” and “Coupe D’Afrique” have made a buzz on social media networks.
22-year-old Moroccan singer, songwriter, composer and guitarist Ihab Amir will also take part in the opening concerts of the festival in Sale stage.
Winner of MEMA Award and named “most popular singer in the Arab World” Following his participation in Lebanon’s 11th Star Academy Arab World contest, Ihab Amir made his commercial debut with the songs “Nta li Bditi” and “Taala Lia.”
Amir was born in 1994 in Moroccan city, Safi.
After his return from the contest to Morocco, his city Safi organized a welcoming party that lasted throughout an entire day, in addition to the huge welcoming he received from his fans in the airport on the day of his arrival.
For the 17th edition, Mawazine Festival has already renewed its annual promise of some of the brightest international stars: Bruno Mars, who recently won album, record, and song of the year at the 2018 Grammys, and the soprano diva of the Arab World, Majida Roumi.
Established in 2001 under the high patronage of King Mohammed VI, Mawazine Festival Rhythms of the World is world’s largest annual festival held in Rabat-Sale where international and local stars perform in one rhythm of the world.
Mawazine is a haven for music lovers across the world as it garners over 2 million festival-goers each year on a period of nine days.
Maroc Cultures is a non-profit organization wired for the purpose of offering the highest forms of professional cultural and artistic entertainment in the region of Rabat-Sale-Zemmour-Zaer. It was established in 2001 by King Mohammed VI.