Rabat – Mawazine has added some talented new artists to its rich lineup.
From June 22-30, the 17th Mawazine Festival Rhythms of the World offers “a selection of the biggest stars of the moment for an increasingly popular edition that promises to be HISTORICAL,” announced Maroc Cultures on Monday.
The festival provides six venues (OLM Souissi, Salé, Bouregreg, Chellah, Nahda, Mohammed VI Theater), 73 artists, and 9 days of sharing pure music and sending a message of tolerance to an increasingly diverse public.
The OLM-Souissi stage will welcome superstar Bruno Mars (USA), number one DJ Martin Garrix (Netherlands), hit duo The Chainsmokers (United States), funky band Jamiroquai (Great Britain), pop rock band Texas (Great Britain), music sensation Luis Fonsi (Puerto Rico) and the very successful rappers Niska (France) and Damso (Democratic Republic of the Congo).
In a more intimate setting, the program at the National Theater Mohammed V will feature an impressive list of artists merging genres, including brilliant violinist Ara Malikian (Armenia), The Voice France contestant singer Hiba Tawaji (Lebanon) , Londoner Community Gospel Choir (Great Britain), icon Souad Massi (Algeria), soprano Majida El Roumi (Lebanon), Tango group Fernando Egoscue Ensamble (Argentina), the muse of flamenco Maria Toledo (Spain) and opera singer Marwa Nagy (Egypt).
As the annual host of the greatest voices in Arabic music, the Nahda stage will give the opportunity to festival goers to share unique moments with iconic vocalist Kadim Al Sahir (Iraq), the voice of tarab Melhem Zein (Lebanon), the talented Rouwaida Attieh (Syria), singer Boussy (Egypt), the great Mohamed Hamaki (Egypt), the young Ameer Dandan (Palestine), the beautiful Wael Jassar (Lebanon), singer Ahmed Chiba (Egypt), the master Saber Rebai (Tunisia) and divas Nancy Ajram (Lebanon) and Ahlam (United Arab Emirates).
The Salé stage will offer its audience a series of concerts to remember with an incredible mix of gnaoua, chaabi, rock, reggae, fusion, Amazigh, rap and hip hop. Artists include Cravata, Aminux, Ihab Amir, Nadia Laaroussi, Badr Soultan, Ibtissam Tiskat, Tarik Farih, Maalem Hassan Boussou, Nass El Ghiwane, Lahoucine Aït Baamrane, Aziz Al Maghribi, Zakaria Ghafouli, Khadija Atlas, Mehdi Weld Hajib, Hajib, Abdelali Sahraoui, Abidat Rma, Najat Aa taboo, DJ Hamida, H-Kayne, Muslim, Tiw Tiw, Imad Benomar, Nouamane Belaiachi, Statia, Said Senhaji, and Stati. Fans will certainly not be disappointed. .
Mawazine has always celebrated Africa and its music. Through the Bouregreg stage,this new edition will highlight some of the greatest faces of African music: guitarist and composer Ebo Taylor (Ghana), the beautiful Oumou Sangaré (Mali), the mesmerizing Las Maravillas Del Mali (Mali), Afro-punk sensation Tshegue (France), rapper Rilès (France), kora player Sidiki Diabaté (Mali), the Poly-Rythmo Orchestra of Cotonou (Benin), the emblems of the Afrobeat Seun Kuti & Egypt 80 featuring Yasiin Bey (Nigeria/United States), as well as the dynamic and rebellious Tiken Jah Fakoly (Ivory Coast).