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Gnaoua Festival 2012

  • Essaouira, Morocco
  • 21-24 June 2012
    Gnaoua Festival 2012
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    Collision of cultures like no other

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    HERE'S WHAT WE LOOKED FORWARD TO IN 2012:

    Each year, the beautiful city of Mogador 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.

    2011 marked  the opening of a new venue, the Bastion at Bab Marrakech. Following the success of the 1999 exhibition organised for the festival and curated by Nawal Slaoui, the ground floor of the Bastion has become Essaouira’s latest exhibition space. On the initiative of the festival organisers, the idea of the restoration of this 19th century edifice was discussed, in particular the upper floor and terrace in order to make an outdoor stage with a seating capacity of 650. Carried out jointly by the Ministry of Culture and the City of Essaouira, the renovationof the Bastion injects a breath of new life into the bastion, and the city benefits from an entertainment space worthy of its prestigious image.

    Headliners

    • Carlou D
    • Djembe New Style
    • Oumou Sangare
    • Sylvain Luc Trio

    Lineup


    Opening Parade / Hmadcha / Ganag de Tamanar / Issaoua D'Essaouira / Les Canons D'Essaouira / Ahouach / Djembe New Style / Maalem Abdellah Akharraz / Maalem Said Oughassal / Sylvain Luc Trio / Maalem Abdeslam Alikane & Tyour Gnaoua / Maalem Mokhtar Guinea / Maalem Allal Soudani / Maalem Mahoamed Lebbat /



    H'Madcha / Issaoua D'Essaouira / Arbre a Palabres / Trio Joachim Kuhn / Majid Bekkas / Ramon Lopez / Les Gnaoua de Sale / Fareed Ayaz et Abu Mohammad / Issaoua de Meknes / Oumou Sangare / Maalem Abdenbi El Guedari / Maalem Hamid El Kasri / Soweto Kinch Quartet with special guest Esak / Maalem Mohammed Kouyou / Mayara Band / Bob Maghrib / Djembe New Style / Maalem Mahmoud Guinea / Maalem Abdelkader Amlil / Maalem Said El Bourki / Maalem Said Tahlaoui /



    Ganga De Smimou / Issaoua De Meknes / Arbre a Palabres / Gonzalo Rubalcaba Trio / Maalem Hamid El Kasri / Soweto Kinch Quartet with special guest Eska / Maalem Hamid El Kasri / Carlou D / Maalem Abdelkebir Merchane / Querencia / Fareed Ayaz et Abu Mohammad / Issaoua de Meknes / Bob Maghrib / Maalem Mustapha Baqbou / Hoba Hoba Spirit / Maalem Hassan Boussou / Nasser / Issaoua / Maalem Abdelouahed Stitou / Maalem Mahjoub Khalmouss / Maalem Rachid Fadli Ladhass /



    Arbre a Palabres / Mayara Band / Maalem Omar Hayat / Maalem All Stars / Maalem Abdelkader Amlil / Maalem Mustapha Baqbou / Maalem Omar Hayat / Maalem Said Oughassal /

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    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.


    Address

    El Minzah Place, Essaouira, Morocco

    FAQs

    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/

    By plane: From Paris (3:20h) Flights are available from Paris on June 18th et 21st, and from Essaouira on June 25th and 28th. http://www.royalairmaroc.com/

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