Official Partner

Gnaoua Festival 2016

  • Essaouira, Morocco
  • 12-15 May 2016
  • Jazz
  • Multi-Genre
  • Pop
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Gnaoua Festival 2016
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Celebrating North African culture

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Gnaoua Festival in Morocco is a diverse fusion of jazz, pop, rock, soul and contemporary world music rooted in traditional North African culture.

Filling the streets, squares, markets and beaches of Essouira with walkabout theatre, main stage spectacle and interactive performance, Gnaoua is a celebration of times past, present and future. 

A reflection of African identity, festival-goers can expect a carnival atmosphere like no other, with every corner of this beautiful coastal city alive with colouful vibrancy, and then some.   

Lineup


Scène Moulay El Hassan

  • Doudou N'Diaye Rose Percussions Orchestra
  • Maâlem Mokhtar Guinea
  • Rachida Talal
  • Jeff Ballard Trio
  • Maâlem Mohamed Kouyou
  • Hmadcha
  • Maâlem Abdesslam Alikane
  • Songhoy Blues

Dar Loubane

  • Anciens Gnaoua
  • Maâlem Seddik Bounhar

Zaoula Sidna Bilal

  • Maâlem Said Boulhimes
  • Maâlem Allal et Najib Soudani
  • Maâlem Said El Bourki


Scène Moulay El Hassan

  • Jamaaladeen Tacuma
  • Maâlem Hassan Boussou
  • Randy Weston
  • Hassan Hakmoun
  • Hoba Hoba Spirit

Borj Bab Marrakech

  • Rachida Talal
  • Maâlem Said Oughassal

Scène de la Plage

  • Jaba & Friends
  • Maâlem Omar Hayat
  • Blitz the Ambassador
  • Maâlem Abdelkebir Merchane
  • Issaoua De Fés

Dar Loubane

  • Issaoua d'Essaouira
  • Maâlem Abdelkader Amlil

Zaoula Issaoua

  • Maâlem Sadik El Arch
  • Maâlem Ahmed Baqbou


Scène Moulay El Hassan

  • Maâlem Abdellah Akharraz
  • La Relève Guinea
  • Christian Scott
  • Maâlem Hamid El Kasri

Borj Bab Marrakech

  • Maâlem Abdenbi El Guedari
  • Las Migas
  • Medi Nassouli

Scène de la Plage

  • La Relève Gnaoua
  • Khalid Lzoubaz
  • Khalid Amrhoche
  • Mohamed Bomzor
  • Songhoy Blues
  • N3rdistan
  • Maâlem Mustapha Baqbou

Dar Loubane

  • Maâlem Abdenbi El Meknassi
  • Maâlem Rachid El Hamzaoui

Zaoula Issaoua

  • Maâlem rachid Ben Tahat & Fetah Lgnaoui
  • Maâlem Mahjoub Khalmous


Scène Moulay El Hassan

  • Oudaden
  • Mohamed Derham
  • Nabil Khalidi
  • Omar Sayed
  • Maâlem Mustapha Baqbou
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Essaouira is a port city on Morocco's Atlantic coast. The fishing city is also a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, famed for its bustling streets and shimmering beaches.


Address

Various Venues, Essaouira, Morocco

FAQs

Most international flights will arrive into Marrakech. From there, you can take a taxi or bus onto Essaouira, however the journey will take over 2 and a half hours and will cost around £50, while a bus from Marrakech city centre will cost much less (around £3), but will take longer. 

All ticketing information can be found here.

Past

2019 on sale!