The annual Gnaoua and World Music Festival, Essaouira, Morocco
Annually in June
The annual Gnaoua and World Music Festival in June features a great line up of musicians and artists from all over the world, and is an exciting mix of traditional Moroccan music and sounds from the world music scene.
Celebrate the mysterious music of the Gnaouas and other worldwide rhythms. Originating through a cross-pollination of African magic and Islamic rituals, mesmerizing Gnaoua rhythms of drums and other instruments lead performers into a trance-like state.
The festival is held in Essaouira, a picturesque port painted in blue and white that is the ideal resort of which most travelers dream: laid-back and yet vibrant, atmospheric yet relaxing. In this extraordinary melting pot of music, jazz, rock, and world musicians create original fusions on stage and share their musical cultures. Performances take place in the afternoons and evenings, giving you plenty of time to relax and enjoy the idyllic charm of Essaouira by day. It is one of the major festivals in Morocco.
This event was kindly submitted by Rachel, owner of holiday property in Essaouira. Souss-Massa-Draa
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