Rabat, June 27th 2019: With more than 13 million followers on Facebook and Instagram, Migos is one of the favorite rap groups on social networks … and at the Mawazine Festival-Rhythms of the World as well! For their first concert in Morocco, the American group delivered this Thursday on the OLM Souissi a memorable performance. With their greatest hits, including the latest album (produced by Pharrell Williams and Kanye West), the band received an exceptional welcome from festivalgoers, who came in large numbers for the occasion. A great moment of music that was shared during this Mawazine evening!
On the Mohammed V National Theatre, it was the American Stanley Clarke who performed in front of a packed audience. Considered to be one of the most talented bassists of his generation, Chick Corea’s ex-partner has made his mark with his virtuosity and unparalleled sense of rhythm.
In Salé, the great maalem Hamid El Kasri, known for his deep and unique voice, delighted the festival-goers. Very much appreciated, the artist has perfectly reconciled the Gnawa rhythms of Morocco, merging the musical genres with a unique ease. The Moroccan scene also celebrated the same evening the 18 years of the group Fnair. The rap trio from Marrakech, composed of Mohcine Tizaf, Khalifa Mennani and Ashraf Aarab, made a strong impression with their powerful music and irresistible melodies.
Shared between Lebanon and Morocco, the Nahda stage poster had two highlights with the arrival of singer Ramy Ayach, laureate of the most prestigious pan-Arab awards, and diva Hasna Zalagh, revelation of Studio 2M in 2005. On the program, two sublime voices and a delighted audience!
Coming straight from Los Angeles and flagship of the new jazz west coast scene, saxophonist Kamasi Washington and his group have dazzled festival-goers gathered in front of the Bouregreg stage. With their music at the crossroads of jazz, funk, free, soul, blues and rock, the band caused a sensation and earned its title of musical UFO across the Atlantic.
At the Chellah, music of the Roma people experienced a new moment of emotion with the concert of Shahrokh Moshkin Ghalam. Dancer, actor and director, the Iranian artist surrounded herself with musicians, like the singer Aïda Nosrat, the kanoun player Christine Zayed and the percussionist Saghar Khadem. A show of dance and unforgettable music!
The Mawazine Festival-Rhythms of the World was also on the streets and squares of Rabat. The group Hot Streets performed a great percussion show that captivated visitors. On the program: wild rhythms and impressive outfits. Impressive as well, the Bladi Fanfare has honored wind instruments by mixing with talent Moroccan rhythms and great traditions of brass bands.