The performances drew a record-breaking 200,000 people and had emotions running high.
Rabat – Last night at the OLM Souissi stage, Mawazine finished with a bang with a performance from fresh-faced Colombian star Karol G, followed by one of the icons of reggaeton and one of the most popular singers in the world, Maluma.
The show will surely be something the audience will remember forever, with both artists becoming emotional over the astounding number of people who came to see them perform – a record-breaking 200,000.
Karol G, an upcoming star who won a Latin Grammy Award last year for Best New Artist, repeatedly expressed that even though the audience might not know the words to her songs, or understand the Spanish lyrics, she could feel their passion and enthusiasm, which touched her deeply.
Karol G’s songs are known for telling stories, and she took the time to explain the meaning behind her songs to the audience before performing each one, to help the multilingual crowd understand her as an artist better.
In one particularly heartwarming moment, Karol G expressed her amazement at how her dream of becoming a star, which started 12 years ago in her bedroom in Columbia, has lead her here- performing in front of record-breaking numbers in Morocco.
Holding a Moroccan flag, with a sincere smile from ear to ear, she told the audience that her story should serve as an example to everyone in the audience that they should follow her dreams.
After she left the stage, the excitement for Maluma to come on was palpable. At just 25-years-old, Maluma is already one of the biggest names in reggaeton music, and his influence has clearly spread across the globe.
The artist, who is renowned for his good looks and having a large female fan base, had the crowd going wild in a way Mawazine has never seen before, with superfans in tears. At one point, Maluma himself was moved to tears, as he asked the audience to hold up their flashlights so he could take in the sheer scale of the crowd.
In between performing his massive hits, such as “Corazon” and “Sale Pa ‘Ca,” he expressed his love for Morocco, where he recently shot the clip for his collaboration with Maitre Gims, “Senorita.”
Emotions peaked as he performed his final song of the night while wearing a Moroccan football jersey and wrapped in a Moroccan flag. Visibly overwhelmed with gratitude, he let the hundreds of thousands of people in the audience sing along to his hit “Felices Los 4”, with him.
After the show, he took Instagram – where has a whopping 43 million followers – to express his gratitude once more, still wearing a Moroccan jersey. “Performing at Mawazine was a dream come true,” he said. He thanked Moroccans for the “amazing atmosphere.”