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Dounia, Shayfeen, and more at L’Boulevard festival for urban culture promotion

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The 18th edition of the “L’Boulevard” festival for young generation of musicians will be held from September 14 to 23 at the Stade Universitaire de Casablanca, with the participation of 19 bands selected for the competition “Tremplin L’boulevard” and a host of guest artists, from Morocco and elsewhere, announced the organizers on Tuesday.

“The public of Casablanca is invited during ten days to discover local groups as well as young artists coming from France, Algeria, Senegal, Belgium, United States, United Kingdom, Mali, Côte-de-la-Loire. Ivory Coast, and Morocco, “Hicham Baho, co-director of the festival, told a press conference dedicated to the presentation of this edition.

The annual competition “Tremplin L’boulevard” will take place as usual at the opening of the festival, from September 14 to 16,  in which 19 bands are shortlisted from across the Kingdom in the categories rap / hip hop, rock / metal and fusion / word, Mr. Baho said, reassuring that the “festival is still faithful to its primary purpose of supporting Moroccan urban music and its role of  scouting new talents.”

This edition will be marked by a series of cultural meetings during the Springboard to help, guide, and advise young artists through training, said Mr. Baho, explaining that these meetings, called “The pitch”, will enable Moroccan and international artists to collaborate together and to open up on new cultures and sounds.

The program also includes concerts and performances by artists and bands from various backgrounds, including the Moroccan-American artist Dounia, the French group “Rise of the Northstar”, the Belgian group “Black Flower”, the Senegalese rapper “Nix”, the English band “Mad professor and the Robotiks”, the Moroccan rapper “Toto” as well as the Moroccan-Spanish band “Casawasqa XXI”.

EAC-L’Boulvart is a non-profit association working for the promotion and development of contemporary music and urban culture in Morocco.