The first section kicked off with Jazzy sounds by the Avishai Cohen Trio performing a medley from the “Shifting Sands” album. Regarded as one of the most brilliant double bassists of recent decades and an eclectic musician, Avishai Cohen is an inspired composer who likes to mix styles freely. Surrounded by two exceptional musicians (Azeri pianist Elchin Shirinov and Israeli drummer Roni Kaspi), they performed original and profound compositions arranged with great elegance. A real joy!
The show continued with the performance of the beloved Maalem Hamid El Kasri. His appearance on stage stirred immense excitement among the audience which was in return met with a vibrant show. As a regular at the Gnaoua and World Music Festival, El Kasri’s talent allows him to reconcile the Gnaoua rhythms of the North and South of Morocco. He owes his reputation to his deep and intense voice. This same voice makes him one of the most appreciated and requested maâlems.
The final stage burst with charisma with the fusion of six acts from different musical universes. The bewitching charm of Maalem Hamid El Kasri (Morocco), met the mystical sound of Avishai Cohen Trio (Israel/Azerbaïdjan) & Karim Ziad (Algeria) on the drums, the saxophone and accordion of jazzmen Emile Parisien (France) and Vincent Peirani (France), and the profound sweetness of the Moroccan singer Nabyla Maan (Morocco). The blend gave birth to a captivating show that the audience could not help but demand an Encore!
Placed under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, the Gnaoua Festival Tour offers, for its final stopover, a mixed and deep blues show with the Majid Bekkas Afro-Gnaoua Blues Band (Morocco) on June 24 at the Cinéma La Renaissance.