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Essaouira Celebrates 22nd Edition of Gnaoua Festival, June 20th – 23rd, 2019

Gnaoua Festival, Essaouira

The port town of Essaouira will celebrate the 22nd Edition of the Gnaoua and World Music Festival from June 20th – 23rd, 2019. The annual Gnaoua Festival is a source of great pride for Essaouira and Morocco. It is part of the vibrant music and cultural scene that helps tourism to flourish in the region and also encourages artistic engagement of a community that has been marginalized for decades.

Essaouira comes alive with an extravaganza of color and sounds each year in celebration of the Gnaoua Festival.

The Gnaoua Festival is deeply rooted in both North and West African styles, sounds, and historic musical traditions. Visiting Essaouira during the Gnaoua festival offers an insider view of local culture and the town as it morphs into a vibrant scene filling the city’s cobblestone streets, alleyways, and main squares into performance venues. Essaouira comes alive with an extravaganza of color and sounds each year.

The Gnaoua Festival lineup extends beyond traditional local rhythms to include contemporary funk, blues, jazz, and soul both from Africa and from further afield. Essaouira will be transformed into a musical, artistic and cultural hub over the course of three days on six stages this June.

Issaoua d’Essaouira

 

June 2019 Gnaoua Festival Program

Thursday, June 20th, 2019

Moulay Hassan Stage

20: 30: Residence Maâlem Hassan Boussou  and Osain Del Monte

21: 30: Maâlem Omar Hayat

22: 40: Moh! Kouyaté

23: 45: Fusion Maâlem Omar Hayat and Moh! Kouyaté

00: 25: Maâlems Abdelkbir and Hicham Merchane

Dar Loubane

23: 00: Maâlem Said Boulhimas & guest

Dar Souiri

23: 00: Issaoua d’Essaouira

23:45: Lila Rbatia : Maâlems Fathellah Chaouki, Rachid Ladhass, Mahjoub El Gouchi, Abderrazak Moustakim

Tinariwen, Photograph, Sahara Desert, Performing at 2019 Essaouira Gnaoua Festival

Friday,  June 21st, 2019

Moulay Hassan Stage

20:00: Majid Bekkas Afro Ganoua Jazz Ensemble

21:15: Maâlem Mustapha Baqbou

22:40: Tinariwen

00: 3: Maâlem Hassan Hakoum & The Universal Force

Beach Stage

20:00: Mogador Band

21:20: Nabyla Maan

22:50: Imdiazn

00:20: Maâlem Mohamed Koyou

Borj Bab Marrakech

19: 00: Osain Del Monte

Dar Loubane

23:00: Maâlem Abdellah Akharaz

00:15: Fusion Maâlem Abdeslam Alikane, Tyour Gnaoua, Rhani Krija & Karim Ziad

Zaouia Issaoua

23:00: Maâlem Rachid Ben Tair

00:15: Maâlem Abderrahim Benthami Oughassal & Mustapha Sam

Dar Souiri

23:00: Hmadcha d’Essaouira

23:45  Lila Souiria : Maâlems Mokhtar Gania, Said El Bourki, Abdelmalek El Kadiri, Seddik El Arch,Abdelaziz Soudani

Residence Maâlem Hassan Boussou, Gnaoua Festival, Essaouira

Saturday, June 22nd,  2019

Moulay Hassan Stage

20:30: Residence Maâlem Hassan Boussou  and Osain Del Monte

21:30: Maâlem Omar Hayat

22:40: Moh! Kouyaté

23:45: Fusion Maâlem Omar Hayat and Moh! Kouyaté

00:25: Maâlems Abdelkbir and Hicham Merchane

Dar Loubane

23:00: Maâlem Said Boulhimas & guest

Dar Souiri

23:00: Issaoua d’Essaouira

23:45: Lila Rbatia : Maâlems Fathallah Chaouki, Rachid Ladhass, Mahjoub El Gouchi, Abderrazak Moustakim