Mawazine Festival



Top performers from a multitude of musical styles meet up at Mawazine!

published on 13/05/2018

Top performers from a multitude of musical styles meet up at Mawazine!

Rabat, May 13th, 2018: Under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, the Mawazine Festival-Rhythms of the World is pleased to announce the continuation of its programming for the OLM Souissi, Bouregreg, Nahda and Mohammed V National Theater venues.

On the Bouregreg stage, the Jamaican artist Chronixx will perform on Monday June 25th. On Friday, June 29th, the Canadian artist The Weeknd will perform on the OLM Souissi stage. These two artists known for their highly anticipated shows, their irresistible musical worlds offering powerful crazy energy styles will embark the audience in ever more daring performances.

The Lebanese artists Saad Ramadan and Marwan Khoury will be on the Nahda stage on Saturday, June 23rd. The Moroccan singer Douzi will perform a unique concert on the same stage on Friday, June 29th.

The Mohammed V National Theater will host the Algerian group Babylone on Sunday, June 24th.

From Morocco to the United States, via Jamaica! The sounds of Kingston will be honored at another unprecedented concert with the presence, on June 25th, on the Bouregreg stage, of Chronixx, aka Jamar McNaughton. Born in the east of the Jamaican capital, the singer appeared on the reggae scene in 2012, exploding two years later with the release of his EP Dread & Terrible, followed by an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, which catapulted his popularity ratings. Proof with his album Chronology, released in 2017, reaching the first place of the charts in the United States. As a worthy heir to Bob Marley and Burning Spear, Chronixx has been pursuing a career that has led him to perform around the world on the biggest stages: Coachella, Glastonbury, FujiRock … and today Mawazine!

On Friday June 29th, on the OLM-Souissi stage, will be performing The Weeknd, aka Abel Tesfaye, the man with twenty-four awards including four Grammys and eight Billboard Music Awards. A discreet but ultra-sought-after star, this 28-year-old Canadian has acquired exceptional notoriety in only three years, tracing an unprecedented path in a sound universe that oscillates between funk, electro, R&B and pop rap. Since his second album Beauty Behind the Madness, released in 2015, the singer and producer of Ethiopian origin jostles the codes and has had multiple collaboration with artists such as Daft Punk, Lana del Rey, Lady Gaga, Wiz Khalifa and Kendrick Lamar, with whom he has made the single Pray For Me for the recent blockbuster Black Panther. Released in March 2018, his latest EP, My Dear Melancholy, will be at the heart of a performance that promises to be exceptional.

On Saturday, June 23rd, the Nahda stage will host the Lebanese rising star, Saad Ramadan. This young singer has conquered audiences with his distinctive voice and beautiful stage presence. Born in 1986 in the village of Berga in Lebanon, Saad Ramadan is the son of the singer Suzanne Ghattas. He learned piano from the age of eight and was immersed in art at a very young age. Saad Ramadan started studying hospitality before going into music by participating in Star Academy 5 (Lebanon), to win the third place and start a promising artistic career.

On the same evening, Marwan Khoury, renowned Lebanese singer, composer and arranger will host the evening. In addition to his many successes and an impressive career, Marwan Khoury is also known for his collaborations with Moroccan artists, such as Karima Sqalli and Hatim Ammor. He has produced numerous titles for great names in Arabic music such as Magida El Roumi, Najwa Karam and Saber Rebai. The former musicology student has received many honors throughout his career that began in 2000.

Also on the Nahda stage, on Friday, June 29th, the festival will offer a highly anticipated concert by Moroccan artist Douzi. Inducted in 2017 as the best Moroccan singer at the DAF Bama Music Awards (Hamburg), Douzi is one of the undisputed figures of raï. With more than a dozen albums, Douzi is recognized as the youngest raï artist, able to sing in several languages ​​(Arabic, French, English, Spanish, Turkish and Hindi).

At the Mohammed V National Theater, on  Sunday, June 24th, Algerian music will be in the limelight with the group Babylone. Formed in 2012, Babylone is composed of: Amine Mohamed Djemal singer and author, guitarists Rahim El Hadi, Ramzy Ayadi and Rafik Chami, Fouad Tourki (percussionist) and Redouane Nehar (bassist). The band brings a new sound to Algerian music. The songs of Babylon are inspired by different Algerian regional styles, mixing Andalusian, Arab, Mediterranean, Oriental and African influences. Their first single Zina (2013) made the buzz on the web in the space of a few months.


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