Moroccan Music: 5 Festivals You Can’t Miss in Morocco!

Moroccan music festivals are paradise for enthusiasts who are passionate and crazy about music! Songs and tunes with a Moroccan touch are best described as haunting, exotic, and stirring. There is so much cultural variation in this place, it now has a varied and rich musical heritage that people from all over the world come to experience by attending music festivals.

There are usually three main styles of music in Morocco – Andalusian, Gnawa, and the Dekka el marrakchia. Other popular styles include Moroccan chaabi, Berber, and Amazighe music.

moroccan music festivals

moroccan music festivals

Mawazine Rythms of the World Festival

Also known as World Rythms, this festival is conducted in Rabat and is a massive platform that attracts local, national, and international artists. The footfall goes up to millions – in 2013 it was a whopping 2.5 million! It is pure entertainment comprising 90 acts on different stages. The festival is synonymous with the image of Morocco and promotes tourism at the same time. Akon, Whitney Houston, Stevie Wonder, Kylie Minogue, and many famous artists have graced the festival with their presence.

Photo Credit: Festival Mawazine

Photo Credit: Festival Mawazine

Gnawa World Music

This is a festival held on a yearly basis in Essaouria. It acts as an excellent platform for foreign artists to give their finest performance, interact with each other, and exchange music and dialogue. It goes on for more than 4 days.

Fes Festival of World Sacred Music

This popular festival has completed over a decade and is well on its way to covering 20 years. Needless to say the demand for this extravaganza has only increased with time. It has an enormous draw consisting of diverse groups starting from the city’s major stages to intimate places for worship. It is a beautiful liaison between art and culture, so you should definitely be there to celebrate it.

Lud (Lute) is an intrument in Al Ala (Andalusian) Music

Lud (Lute) is an intrument in Al Ala (Andalusian) Music

Timitar festival in Agadir

One of the premium music festivals, it is held in Agadir and touted as one of the best African music extravaganzas. It works towards promoting Souss Massa Drâa culture. Till date, it has hosted 46 concerts since its inception in three open-air venues. The event is marked by the participation of foreign and domestic artists, presenting eclectic musical styles like jazz, hip-hop, Spanish songs, Cuban music, etc.

Casablanca Jazz Festival:

The festival has grown in leaps and bounds to become one of the biggest jazz festivals in the city and is neck-to-neck with Tanjazz and Jazz du Chellah in Tangiers and Rabat respectively, for the top spot. This three-day urban-music festival features hip-hop, electro, rock, metal and fusion music, with bands from Morocco, France, the USA and the UK. International artists like Joss Stone and Patti Smith have performed here.

If you are a true fan of Moroccan music, start planning your itinerary so you can come to these wonderful cities and attend these festivals to feel the true essence of music.

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