On the eve of Mawazine, Rabat rocked by a breath of music

On the eve of Mawazine, Rabat rocked by a breath of music
On the eve of Mawazine, Rabat rocked by a breath of music

Thursday, June 20, 2024 at 12:47

– But Amal Tazi-

Rabat – A festive atmosphere of song and music seems to take over Rabat, city of lights, on the eve of the opening on Friday, the first day of summer, of the 19th edition of the Mawazine-Rythmes du Monde Festival, placed under the High Patronage of His Majesty King Mohammed VI.

A concert by the Lebanese singer Hiba Tawaji will, from Thursday at the Mohammed V National Theater, kick off this edition which will enliven, until June 29, the evenings of the capital and its twin sister Salé to the rhythm of a rich palette of sounds that make this essential event on the international cultural agenda special.

Organized by the Maroc Cultures association, the festival returns after four years of absence due to the Covid pandemic, to the great delight of music lovers who will be entitled to a promising program under the sign of “diversity and celebration”.

Coinciding with the Fête de la Musique, celebrated on June 21 around the world, the concerts of the inaugural evening provide for a highly anticipated comeback from Carole Samaha, who will bring a breath of fresh air with her romantic ballads much appreciated by the public of Mawazine.

This performance by the Lebanese singer will give a foretaste of the diversity and convergence which should reign for nine days on the different stages of Mawazine.

Still in the register of oriental songs, the Egyptian star Angham will meet his fans on the Nahda stage, while fans of the Moroccan repertoire will find the great artist Latifa Raâfat or the talented singer Mocci on the Salé stage.

Pop superstar Kylie Minogue will close the opening program on the OLM-Souissi stage, dedicated to international song which will also be highlighted on the Bouregreg stage with DIDI B.

Like previous editions, the Mawazine 2024 festival offers a rich and demanding program of the biggest stars of the world and Arab repertoire, making the cities of Rabat and Salé the scene of exceptional encounters between the public and the most popular artists. view. But not only…

In a unique initiative, this year the festival is resurrecting the legendary singer Oum Kalthoum as part of a hologram projection concert on June 23 at the Mohammed V Theater in Rabat, with a reissue on June 25.

Since the announcement of the first show scheduled for June 23, a spectacular enthusiasm has gripped the Moroccan public, explained “Maroc Cultures” in a press release, noting that the places for this musical event which promises to be unforgettable flew away in one record time, 34 days before the start of the show, thus confirming the feverish anticipation of music fans and those nostalgic for the golden age of Arab song.

Other highlights await aficionados of oriental music who will be delighted to find its emblematic figures on stage like the Moroccan diva Samira Said, the Lebanese superstar Najwa Karam and her compatriot Nawal Zoghbi, the original Emirati singer Yemeni Balqees, or the famous Lebanese singers Ramy Ayach and Marwan Khoury.

As for international stars, the list of headliners includes, among others, American vocalist Gregory Porter, British electro star Calvin Harris, American producer and DJ Marc Kinchen (MK) and the South Korean K-pop superstar ATEEZ.

Moroccan song is obviously not left out. Najat Aatabou, Douzi, Zina Daoudia, Muslim, Said Mosker, Abdelaziz Stati, Hamid Kassri… and many others are expected for memorable evenings combining chaâbi rhythms, rap, gnaoua…

“A privileged moment of discovery and sharing”, the Mawazine festival continues to bring together the big names of Arab, African and international music and the best artists of the Moroccan scene, according to the organizers who assure that in this respect, Mawazine represents “a major springboard for musicians and singers in Morocco, particularly the younger generations”.

“How far we have come since its creation in 2001! The Festival’s commitment to making culture accessible to all and its contribution to the development of a national entertainment industry are, without a doubt, its most emblematic successes,” welcomes the president of the Maroc Cultures Association and the Festival. , Abdeslem Ahizoune.

Every year, there are more than 2.5 million festival-goers, 90% of whom benefit for free from this artistic event broadcast around the world and followed by tens of millions of viewers, he specifies in a note published on the site. official of the festival.

In his eyes, such a device not only allows the Moroccan scene to find a global showcase, but also reflects everything that makes the world’s cultures rich.

“Transmitting the values ​​of diversity, sharing and tolerance constitutes a major achievement of the Mawazine-Rythmes du Monde Festival,” he concludes.

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