aking place right now 287 kilometres away from Marrakech is one of the largest festivals in the world.
The festival is brought to Morocco by the various governmental ministries working collaboratively with the local and regional authorities. It has developed into a major world music event and 2014 is the 13th anniversary.
The philosophy behind the event is to invite thousands of singers and musicians from the four corners of the world, Mawazine – Rhythms of the World calls for sharing and conviviality between cultures. The Festival strives to spread among Moroccans, especially youth, values such as tolerance and dialogue between peoples and cultures.
The event is being held over 9 days and plays host to 1500 artists invited from around the world. These 1500 artists perform in 125 shows taking place across more than seven sites. The festival grows slightly each year and last year the Mawazine festival saw 2.500.000 festival goers and over 30 million viewers. This made Mawazime the 2nd biggest festival in the world.
This year we have Justin Timberlake, Jason Derülo, Kool & the Gang, Ne-Yo, Robert Plant, Alicia Keys, Stromae, Angelique Kidjo, and a range of other international artists who fuse with the very best artists from Morocco.
Previous performers have included; Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz, Scorpions, Jimmy Cliff, Gloria Gaynor, The Jacksons, Sting, Stevie Wonder, Shakira, Whitney Houston, Elton John, Deep Purple, Enrique Iglesias, Amr Diab, Cheb Mami.
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