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2018 Gnaoua Festival, an edition focused on women (Photos)

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Exceptional concerts, enjoyable fusions, fascinating debates and exchanges, an assured succession, an assumed African stature and a loyal and energetic public … The 21st edition of the Gnaoua World Music Festival has kept all its promises. Highlight in photos of this magical event.

Following the music feast held in the festival’s inauguration, the second day kicked off on a more intellectual note with a long held tradition: the Human Rights Forum held over two days under the sign, this year, of “the imperative of equality”.

Organized in partnership with the National Council for Human Rights for the seventh consecutive year, the Human Rights Forum has been sold out for the two consecutive mornings. This edition, which was supported by UN Women, brought together speakers from Morocco, Tunisia, Mali, Niger, France and Lebanon. The first session allowed a clarification of the notions of equality, parity, and discrimination. The following sessions addressed, in particular, reform paths and future challenges to gender equality. Opened by an inaugural lecture of Mrs. Rabea Naciri, the forum was concluded by the philosopher Ali Benmakhlouf who drew the main lessons from the works.

Stage wise, the fusion between Fatoumata Diawara and Asma Hamzaoui (Bnat Timbuktu) , the first woman to ever step out with a guembri at the Gnaoua Festival, will remain in the history of the festival. A great moment of music and sharing offered by two sublime voices and two artists with multiple talents that has awakened the Malian ancestors of Gnaoua music .. We will remember the dance of a Fatoumata Diawara almost in a trance on the frenzied sounds of guembri of the maâlema.