Mawazine Festival



DJ Snake and Najwa Karam made their respective audience go wild, Cheb Khalid, surprise guest star on OLM stage

published on 18/05/2017

DJ Snake and Najwa Karam made their respective audience go wild, Cheb Khalid, surprise guest star on OLM stage

A sixth day marked by elctro music, Najwa Karam and Music from from the South of Morocco

Rabat, May 17, 2017: Since his first Grammy in 2011 for his work as co-producer on the album Born This Way of Lady Gaga, passing by the single Lean O, The song of the summer of 2015 and the most popular title on Spotify, until his last album Encore, No. 1 of Top Billboard Dance / Electronic Albums in 2016, the international star DJ Snake has been the top of the bill on the sixth day of the festival, confirming that his awards and prizes are well deserved

Gathered in front of the OLM stage, the public reserved a long standing  ovation to the phenomenon of the electro music.  Dj Snake’s artistic collaboration are numerous. to name a few, Alesia, Kanye West, AlunaGeorge, Major Lazer and Lil Jon.

The highlight of the evening will remain Cheb Khaled’s surprise arrival on the OLM stage. Guest of honor for DJ Snake, Cheb Khaled offered his fans two songs which “Didi” and “Abdel kader” that almost  everybody knows by heart and sang along with him.

“The Sun of the Arab song” Najwa Karam, signed her great return to Mawazine yesterday before a large audience of her admirers. The Lebanese singer, who sold more than 60 million records, offered a memorable performance on the Nahda stage, performing her most beautiful songs.

Indoors at Mohamed V National Theater, the festival-goers discovered the incredible voice of Susana Baca, Minister of Culture of Peru since 2011, Susana Baca was born in a black neighborhood near Lima  where she grew at the crossroads of several cultures: the Andes, Africa and Spain. At the crossroads of influences, this situation has irrevocably influenced her music, which mixes Spanish guitar, African rhythms and Andean instruments and celebrates the popular culture of the black peoples of South America. The exceptional performance of Susana Baca conquered the large audience that gathered to listen to her.

On Salé stage, the program was exclusively showcasing music from the south in the persons of Batoul El Merouani, Rachida Talal, Saida Charaf, and Ahmed Cherkani. Each in his own style and fame enchanted the public

Good vibrations, there were also on the scene of Bouregreg, where the recipe of Baloji, as committed as dandy, the rapper gave a great performance  on the occasion of his first performance at Mawazine. The poet-composer-songwriter-scriptwriter-comedian-interpreter-videographer-stylist who was born in Congo and who left for Belgium at the age of four, presented a surprising mix of influences between traditional and Afro- (Soul, funk, jazz), discovered through the culture of sampling and electronics.

At Chellah stage tok its audience on a long haul journe all the way to Brazil.   Franco-Brazilian Ilha Grande, could be positioned in terms of music style and voice somewhere between Billie Holiday for the interiority of her song and Tania Maria for the joyful energy and the sense of rhythm.  Her vocal qualities, the timbre of her voice and radiant presence charmed the audience yesterday. Her repertoire was a voyage from the Bossa nova to contemporary rhythms, through the compositions of her father. It was indeed a wonderful journey in the heart of the Brazilian roots.

Finally, as it is the case everyday throughout the festival, the streets of Rabat and Salé saw bands performing joyfully to the delight of the passing public. Yesterday Les Tambours du Maroc and Casa Fiesta were the guests of honor.

Useful information:

16th edition of Mawazine Festival Rhythms of the World: May 12th to 20th 2017.

About Festival Mawazine Rythmes du Monde:

Established in 2001, the Mawazine Festival Rhythms of the World is the essential rendezvous for music amateurs in Morocco with, for the last 15 years, over 2 million festivalgoers at each edition. Held every month of May over nine days, Mawazine offers a rich and diversified program where world stars from the four corners of the world make of the cities of Rabat and Salé a world stage for music.  Committed to promote Moroccan Music, the Festival devotes more than half of its shows to national artists. As a firm believer in the in values of peace, tolerance openness and respect, 90% of the concerts are free of charge so that everybody can enjoy it. Mawazine also participates in the region’s economy, attracting tourists from all over the world; thus making of Morocco once every year a world music stage.

About Maroc Cultures Association:

Created In compliance with the provisions of November 15, 1958 Dahir, and further to a General Assembly held in Rabat on October 23, 2001, Maroc Cultures is a non-profit association whose main mission is to offer to the public of Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaër region a highly professional cultural and artistic entertainment worthy of the capital of the kingdom. Echoing the fundamental values of His Majesty King Mohammed VI development policy, Maroc Cultures materializes this mission through Mawazine Rhythms of the World Festival as well as various events, multi-disciplinary symposia, plastic art exhibitions and concerts.


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