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Gnaoua Festival 2013

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The Basics

20-23 June 2013
Essaouira, Morocco

Each year, the beautiful city of Essaouira devotes its maze of streets, lovely beaches, and vibrant public squares to music. In just a few years the city has become Morocco’s answer to Woodstock.

Colourful and exciting nights to soothe the spirit, thousands of music lovers swaying  to the music in a convivial and intimate atmosphere - this is the city during the Festival! It’s above all an ambiance. No setting is so conducive to listening and letting oneself go. In Essaouira the maalems feel at home, their chants and laments were born in this land open to the cultures of the world. In Essaouira the musicians excel in virtuosity, inventiveness and flair. They call upon the spirits, and with them all is possible !

When their magic begins, even the most reserved onlookers start moving to the rhythm and let themselves go. The « enchantment » of the Gnaoua and World Music Festival is at work. Musical encounters are renewed - attracting, astonishing.

Past

This guide is for the 2013 edition of the festival, but we have a new one for 2017:
Go to 2017 Guide

Lineup

BAB DOUKKALA: 17H00 - OPENING PARADE
PLACE MOULAY HASSAN: 19:40 - OPENING SPEECH
20:00 - OPENING CONCERT ANNADI AL BAHRI & HOUWARA & MAÂLEM SAID KOUYOU 20:45 - MAÂLEM OMAR HAYAT
22:20 - ESKA
23:05 - MAÂLEM ABDELKBIR MERCHANE
00:15 - ESKA & MAÂLEM ABDELKEBIR MERCHANE
DAR SOUIRI:
00:00 - MAÂLEM ABDERRAZAK MOUSTAQIM
BAB LMARSSA: 00:00 - MAÂLEM AHMED BAALIL
01:30 - TAIFA DE SAFI

HOTEL ALTLAS ESSAOUIRA & SPA: 9-13:30H - FORUM
ALLIANCE FRANCO-MAROCAINE: 16H - ARBRE A PALABRAS
PLACE DE L'HORLOGE & PLACE EL KHAYMA: 17H - PARADE DE MARIONNETTES
ZAOUIA SIDNA BILAL: 17H - HOMMAGE AU MAALEM ABDELLAH GUINEA
PLACE MOULAY HASSAN: 20:00 - HOMMAGE MAÂLEM ABDERRAHMANE PACO : PACO GHIWANE & MAÂLEM OMAR HAYAT
21:00 - MAÂLEM KBIBER
22:30 - OMAR SOSA
23:30 - MAÂLEM MAHMOUD GUINEA
00:30 - MAÂLEM MAHMOUD GUINEA ET OMAR SOSA
SCÈNE MÉDITEL: 20:00 - OUM
21:30 - AMAYNO
22:45 - MAÂLEM ABDESLAM ALIKANE & TYOUR GNAOUA
00:15 - MOKOOMBA
BORJ BAB MARRAKECH: 20:30 - MAÂLEM ABDELKADER AMLIL & RACHID ZEROUAL QUINTET
00:00 - ESKA & MAÂLEM ABDELKEBIR MERCHANE
DAR SOUIRI: 23:30 - MAÂLEM RACHID EL HAMZAOUI
01:00 - MAÂLEM ABDELLATIF EL MAKHZOUMI
BAB LMARSSA: 00:00 - MAÂLEM FATHALLAH CHAOUKI
01:30 - MAÂLEM ABDELLAH EL GOURD

HOTEL ALTLAS ESSAOUIRA & SPA: 9-13:30H - FORUM
ALLIANCE FRANCO-MAROCAINE: 16H - ARBRE A PALABRAS
PLACE DE L'HORLOGE & PLACE EL KHAYMA: 17H - PARADE DE MARIONNETTES
ZAOUIA SIDNA BILAL: 17H - HOMMAGE AU MAALEM CHERIF REGRAGUI
PLACE MOULAY HASSAN
: 20:00 - KARIM ZIAD PROJECT
21:15 - RICHARD BONA
22:45 - MACEO PARKER
00:30 - MAÂLEM HAMID EL KASRI
SCÈNE MÉDITEL: 20:00 - MAZAGAN
21:15 - MAÂLEM HASSAN BOUSSOU
22:45 - NNEKA - WITH SPÉCIAL GUEST MEHDI NASSOULI
00:15 - HAOUSSA & ISSAOUA DE FES
BORJ BAB MARRAKECH: 20:30 - ANNADI AL BAHRI & MAÂLEM MOHAMED KOUYOU
00:00 - MAÂLEM AZIZ BAQBOU & MAJDA EL YAHYAOUI
DAR SOUIRI: 23:30 - ISSAOUA D'ESSAOUIRA
01:00 - MAÂLEM ABDENBI EL GUEDARI
BAB LMARSSA: 00:00 - MOHAMMED BAAIYA
01:30 - MAÂLEM ALLAL SOUDANI

HOTEL ALTLAS ESSAOUIRA & SPA: 10-13:30H - FORUM
ALLIANCE FRANCO-MAROCAINE: 11H - ARBRE A PALABRAS
PLACE DE L'HORLOGE & PLACE EL KHAYMA: 16H - PARADE DE MARIONNETTES
PLACE MOULAY HASSAN: 18:40 - WILL CALHOUN
19:40 - WILL CALHOUN ET MAÂLEM MUSTAPHA BAQBOU

The Venue

Gnaoua Festival 2013

El Minzah Place
Essaouira
Morocco

Essaouira, on the Atlantic coast of Morocco, is a vibrant city centred around the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Medina of Essaouira - formerly Mogador.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I get to Essaouira?

    Essaouira is located on the Moroccan Atlantic coast, 350 km from Casablanca, 175 km from Marrakech and 190 km from Agadir. Its airport is located 18 km from the city and is only served by Royal Air Maroc.

    By bus: From Marrakech (2:30 - 3h), Agadir (3:15 - 3:45h), Rabat or Casablanca via Marrakech (train 4:15h or 3:15h, bus 2:30 - 3h) http://www.supratours.ma/http://www.ctm.ma/

     
  • Get lost in the medina (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), discover Essaouira's traditional riads, arts and craft, its alleyways, its colorful stalls; they truly make Essaouira a city of unquestioned magic, with every stay inside its walls sticking in your memory for long after.


Our Recommendations

What We Love

What We Love

  • Artist fusions see the Gnawa maalems and guest artists will join together just long enough to produce unique musical creation. Discovery, research and perseverance are the passwords of these exceptional moments of interchange.

  • The festival's format sees Morocco’s greatest Gnaoua maalems invite guests hailing from the four corners of the earth. They will speak the universal language of music in a unique spirit transcending all intellectual discourse and while blending together all sensitivities.

What To Know

What To Know

  • The Gnaoua and World Music Festival has fostered the promotion of an ancestral and authentic musical heritage for over 15 years.

  • Alongside the main stages, there are a number of more intimate concerts allowing you to get closer to the musicians.

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