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The Awaited Gnaoua Festival Kicks Off in Essaouira Before Touring Morocco from June 3 to 24, 2022 (Photos)

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The Gnaoua Festival is back with tours through the cities of Essaouira, Marrakech, Casablanca, and Rabat, from June 3 to 24, 2022. Highlights of the first weekend.


The Gnaoua Festival and World Music of Essaouira reinvents itself and becomes the Gnaoua Festival Tour for a 2022 Special edition. The tour takes the form of a festive and musical caravan that will cross 4 major cities of Morocco to meet an established audience.

The tour kicked off with the first stop in the festival’s birthplace Essaouira, before heading towards Marrakech, Casablanca, and, finally, Rabat hosts the closing of this great event.

Eleven “maâlems”, masters, of the most renowned, delivered over the weekend performances of colorful musical fusions and concerts of the pure Gnaoua repertoire.

The highlight of the weekend, the Malian Vieux Farka Touré, nicknamed the “Hendrix of the desert”, meets the maâlem, virtuoso of African music, Abdeslam Alikane, accompanied by Aziz Ouzouss, cantor of Amazigh culture.