For its thirteen anniversary, Jazzablanca puts forward a unique line up with more than 60% of artists who will perform for the first time in Morocco. The program of this edition: 50 concerts from 14 to 22 April between Hippodrome Casablanca-Anfa and the United Nations Square in Casablanca.
The living legend Fred Wesley, James Brown’s former trombonist, is expected at the Village on April 14, as well as Jamaican-born British saxophonist Yolanda Brown on April 18. This young prodigy has played with many artists like Alexander O’Neal, Mica Paris, Omar Soweto and Sway.
On the 17th of April, Giulia Valle Trio will go on stage. She is, in a way, the representative of contemporary Spanish jazz, playing with a number of names such as John McNeil, Guillermo Klein, Bill McHenry and Jason Lindner. The grat Beth Ditto who was at the head of the famous group Gossip from 1999 to 2016 is also expected the same day.
Pop, soul, R&B and blues rhythms will also get their limelight, with the Spanish The Excitements on April 15th. These Barcelona natives offer an « old school » show, with the lead singer Koko Jean Davis who has a hoarse and terribly mesmerizing voice.
Also bearing the emerging artists of the Moroccan scene, Jazzablanca will program concerts of five new talents selected at the end of its call for applications launched each year before the festival: the singer Sonia Noor, the poets and musicians The Barons of Baltimore, the jazz trio Soul Mussango, pop duo / folklore Climax and Sahrawi blues band Daraa Tribes .
For his thirteenth birthday, the festival also proposes an « Off » with three training workshops on music professions for professionals, three round tables on cultural industries and a masterclass led by trombonist Fred Wesley. A rich program expected to attract more festival-goers. Last year, 70,000 spectators attended this event.