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TANJAzz Festival unveils the complete program for the 21st edition

Written by FDM

The 21st edition of TANJAzz, scheduled for September 22 to 24 in Tangier, was unveiled last night in Casablanca, its program offers a rich palette of musical styles with nearly 30 bands from 17 nationalities and four different continents.

The 21st edition of the festival is organized in a spirit of renewal, following the transfer of management which took place in 2019, between the founder Philippe Lorin and Seven PM (the organizing company of Jazzablanca Festival).

The “new” TANJAzz however remains faithful to its DNA as a festival of discovery and openness.

This year’s programming will continue to offer a unique, elegant, festive, and friendly festival experience, with the ability to bring together audiences of different generations, from Tangier and across Morocco, while attracting many participants.

For this edition, the headliners are coming from various genres of music from world music, to swing, blues, soul, Latin music, Gnaoua, gypsies, folk, and electro. Each evening will see seven concerts playing on three thematic stages:

The “BMCI Palais Stage” will host renowned world classical jazz musicians:

  • Thursday, September 22

JP Bimeni & The Black Belts ( BURUNDI); Soul singer of Burundian origin with a solar voice, an apostle of soul, rhythm & blues, and the legendary Otis Redding.

Bonga ( ANGOLA); Icon of Angolan music, Bonga celebrates 50 years of career and continues to make the crowds dance!

  • Friday, September 23

Mehdi Nassouli ( MOROCCO); A gifted, talented, and passionate musician, who comes from the Gnawa tradition.

Goran Bregovic ( SERBIA); Bosnian of Serbian origin, known worldwide for his music with ultra festive Balkan influences mixing Romanian folklore, Bulgarian voices, and gypsy violins.

  • Saturday, September 24

Toni Green ( USA); 21st-century soul diva, worthy heiress of Aretha Franklin or Etta James.

Grupo Company Segundo ( CUBA); Ambassadors of Cuban music, the group stops at Tanjazz to make you dance to the emblematic songs of the legendary Compay Segundo.

The Volkswagen Palais stage will host artists of the most current jazz trends:

  • Thursday, September 22

Yazz Ahmed ( BAHRAIN / UK); One of the few female trumpeters of Bahraini-British descent who blurs the boundaries between jazz and electro, Yazz surprises with her “psychedelic Arabic jazz”

Monty Alexander ( JAMAICA); After his seductive visit to Tangier 10 years ago, the Jamaican pianist Monty Alexander is making a comeback to make Tanjazz audiences swing again!

  • Friday, September 23

Alfa Mist ( UK); A key figure on the British jazz-hop scene, self-taught pianist, singer, and producer who perfectly combines soul-jazz and hip-hop.

Avishai Cohen Trio (ISRAEL); Brilliant Israeli double bassist and composer who will present his new album “Shifting Sands”, along with two exceptional musicians: Azerbaijani pianist Elchin Shirinov and Israeli drummer Roni Kaspi.

  • Saturday, September 24

Marco Guidolotti Quartet ( ITALY): he will present his new project dedicated to the greatest interpreters of the Baritone Saxophone.
Youn Sun Nah Quartet  (SOUTH KOREA): South Korean singer based in Paris. Soprano voice and vocal jazz star.

The Pub, in the beautiful reception hall of the Palais, will offer a festive program filled with New Orleans, Swing, and Bebop music sounds, not to mention the electro program that is sure to make you groove!

In the program:

The Rabid Roosters (SPAIN): Eight musicians covering the great blues and Rock’n Roll classics of the 40s and 50s;

The Yellbows (FRANCE): Crazy quartet with original compositions: colors of the South of the United States at the same time blues, funk, folk, jazz, New Orleans, and Rock’n’Roll;

Ali Affleck ( UK); He brings old-school jazz back to life and presents a “vintage jazz” and “roostie blues” repertoire.

From midnight, the Pub will be animated by sets from national and international DJs: AliA (BELGIUM) on 09/22, Daox (MOROCCO) on 09/23, and Khalil Riyahi (NETHERLANDS) on 09/24.