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Bruno Mars makes Mawazine his “funky town”

published on 28/06/2018

Bruno Mars makes Mawazine his “funky town”

Rabat, June 27th 2018: What a day of madness! For its sixth night, it was an unforgettable moment during Mawazine, and in particular, the great Bruno Mars’ first concert in Morocco. On the OLM Souissi stage, the star of many Grammy Awards, followed by over 150 million fans on social networks and author of the fifth most watched video clip in history (with more than three billion views on YouTube), Bruno Mars delivered a mega show confirming his immense popularity among a public of all generations. An incredible musical moment!

On the Nahda stage, another great star, this time coming from Arabic music, made a strong impression. With more than 13 albums to his credit, Tunisian singer and songwriter Saber Rebaï offered Mawazine’s audience with a magical voice a unique concert experience…

In Salé, the public met with a free and modern woman: Najat Aâtabou, nicknamed “the lioness of the Atlas” and who made music a way to fight against the inequalities that women are victims of. The Moroccan scene was also vibrant by the performances of Abidat Rma, a popular folk group, and Abdelali Sahraoui, a voice from the desert and symbol of Guelmim.

On the Bouregreg stage, it is the Malian Sidiki Diabate, incarnation of the rising generation of young African artists who radiated and enchanted the crowds! His recent collaborations with Booba or M have enabled this young multi-instrumentalist to develop an increasingly broad audience and confirm his status as a star of Francophone Afro-Pop.

For her big return to Mawazine, the beautiful Souad Massi gave an exceptional concert at the Mohammed V National Theater. With a Guitar slung, the Algerian singer has mixed styles as folk-rock, Chaabi, Arabic-Andalusian music to very personal texts, often full of poetry and nostalgia.

At the Chellah venue, it is the voice of the Portuguese Maria Berasarte, carried by the luminous Lisboa String Trio, that celebrated flamenco, Basque melodies, Castilian folk songs and, of course, Fado de Lisboa!

For this sixth day, the streets of Rabat were alive with shows of from different Moroccan troops: Colokolo, a company dedicated to circus arts with a dozen acrobats, jugglers, fire eaters and musicians, as well as Gnawa Art Lux group, who have participated in many festivals in Morocco and abroad to present Gnaoua music shows with different dances, saxophones and percussions.

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