Mawazine Festival



Mawazine: Time for French rap music !

published on 26/06/2018

Mawazine: Time for French rap music !

Rabat, June 25th 2018: Mawazine’s fourth day witnessed the arrival of two of the biggest representatives of the French hip hop movement: Niska, 24, a collaborator of Maitre Gims and the most talented rapper of the moment, and Damso, spotted by Booba and whose career took off in 2015. In front of festival-goers, the two rising stars have demonstrated their incredible showmanship by delivering, for over an hour and a half, compositions with various influences … All under the cheers of the crowd that danced the night away!

At the Bouregreg venue, another figure, coming from reggae, captivated the audience. Born east of Kingston, Chronixx, aka Jamar McNaughton, burst onto the world stage four years ago with the release of his EP Dread & Terrible and his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on NBC. Since then, the artist has filled venues around the world. This was the case in Rabat with his performance that left no one indifferent … That same evening, still at the Bouregreg, was the revelation of the festival, We Love Green, the Parisian duo Tshegue, composed of Faty and Dakou, which was one of the musical sensations of the moment. Between afros rhythms, rock and trance, the group performed a music in tune with our time, telling the lines between urban modernity and the ancestral vibes in a senseless trance that has touched the body and soul of festival-goers!

On the oriental stage at the Nahda venue, the Egyptian stars Bosy and Mohamed Hamaki sang their biggest hits, while the Moroccan venue of Salé brought together Lahoucine Aït Baamrane, Zakaria Ghafouli and the highly anticipated Aziz Al Maghribi!

Coming from Argentina, the famous guitarist Fernando Pablo Egozcue, for his part, marvelously combined the classical repertoire and the influences of jazz and contemporary music during a highly anticipated concert at the Mohammed V National Theater.

Sound waves from strings were enchanting the Chellah, when Amir John Haddad has honored flamenco music by practicing with virtuosity the guitar, oud, bouzouki, Turkish saz, banjo as well as the bass. On the program: flamboyant stories with virtuoso sounds accompanied by the powerful voice of Eva Duran.

For this fourth day of Mawazine, the streets of Rabat were alive with amazing from the Timing Boys troop, which brought together a dozen percussionists on frantic rhythms of samba, hip hop, salsa, house and chaabi, as well as Groupe Soleil, made up of acrobats and stilt walkers trained at the Shems’y National Circus School!


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