While the majority of Mawazine stages shining the spotlight on contemporary artists and energizing music, the Bouregreg stage brings a tranquil atmosphere and soothing world music.
Rabat – On the fourth day of the festival, Mawazine’s Bouregreg stage experienced a taste of West African music with the performance of Les Amazones d’Afrique, a band made up of artists from a myriad of countries, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa.
Playing unconventional instruments and complemented by the singers’ combined vocal talents, Les Amazones d’Afrique gave a uniquely mesmerizing and calming performance just beside the equally calm river Bou Regreg.
Les Amazones d’Afrique formed in Mali in 2015 as a world music supergroup composed of members from several West African countries, including Mali, Benin, Nigeria, and Gabon. Fusing traditional folk and ethnic music with Western popular music, the band has managed to produce a unique blend of old and new with their songs.
The group quickly gained popularity following the release of their first song, titled “I Play the Kora.” In the track, the band encourages women to “rise up and fight injustice because we’re all equal.”
In addition to the empowerment of women with the song’s lyrics, all profits from the track were donated to The Panzi Foundation, an organization focused on providing support to tens of thousands of women, the majority of whom are victims of sexual violence.
Symbolic of the band’s dedication to women’s rights is its use of the kora instrument in their music. Women were historically prohibited from playing the kora, an instrument originally from West Africa; however, by bringing the instrument into their music, the band further pushes their message of equality and women’s liberation.
Despite the empowering nature of the band’s lyrics, throughout the crowd, a wave of peace and tranquility swept during the performance, with the band’s soothing instrumentals and vocals leaving the audience calm yet enthusiastic.
With other Mawazine stages such as OLM SOUISSI and The Mohammed V National Theater giving the spotlight to modern and energetic music, the Bouregreg stage maintains its toned down atmosphere and has become the hub for lovers of world music and positive vibes.