This year’s Mawazine is gathering some of the biggest names in hip hop at its OLM Souissi stage.
Rabat – Mawazine festival has announced that three more hip hop stars, Aya Nakamura, Travis Scott, and Migos, will perform at the OLM Souissi stage this year.
French pop star of Malian origin Aya Nakamura be the first to perform on Wednesday, June 26. In less than a year, Nakamura’s fame has skyrocketed. Her debut album, Journal Intime, is already certified gold. Her music videos depicting the daily life of today’s French youth have amassed over 360 million views on YouTube.
After Nakamura has warmed up the crowd, rap titan Travis Scott will take the stage. Scott had a meteoric rise to fame in 2013 after icon Kanye West took the young Houston born rapper under his wing.
Since then, Scott has appeared on tracks with some of the biggest names in rap, such as Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and J Cole. Many of Scott’s hit songs, such as “Goosebumps” and “Butterfly Effect,” are inspired by his relationship with beauty mogul Kylie Jenner, with whom he has a child.
The following night, Thursday, June 27, the OLM Souissi stage will see hip hop powerhouse Migos perform. The trio consists of three rappers who have all made a name for themselves in their own right: Takeoff, Offset, and Quavo.
The group, who are all related, popularized the dance move of “dabbing” with their 2016 single “Look at My Dab.” By 2017, Migos had solidified their place in the rap game with their hit “Bad and Boujee” which hit number 1 on the Billboard Charts.
Mawazine, a festival in Rabat with six venues, will take place from June 21 to June 29, and is organized by Maroc Cultures under the patronage of King Mohammed VI. Having drawn over 2.5 million attendees in recent years, Mawazine is the second largest music festival in the world, after Donauinselfest in Vienna, and the largest festival in Africa.
The festival attracts international artists as well as highlighting local Moroccan musicians. Last year, the festival saw major international acts, including Martin Garrix, Bruno Mars, Luis Fonsi, and The Weeknd, perform at the Souissi OLM stage.
The festival lists the democratization of culture in Morocco as one of its initiatives and provides free access to 90 percent of its shows each year.