The Gnaoua World Music Festival

This year, the four-day festival will be held from May 12 to 15 May 2016 . Read on for what to expect at the festival.

The Gnaoua World Music Festival is a Gnawa music festival held annually in Essaouira, Morocco. Amidst desert landscapes, sandy beaches, and rocky medinas a festival emerges, bringing a city alive with eclectic music, traditional culture, vivid colours, and an overwhelming sensory experience.  This is the Gnaoua World Music Festival.Since 1998, the festival is held each year in the popular beachfront vacationing spot of Essaouira.  The goal of the festival is to bring artists from all walks together to share with the Gnaoua (or Gnawa) musicians.  Visitors each year flock here for the enjoyable, mystical atmosphere—this is how the festival achieves its goal of keeping the heritage alive.  Held in summer annually, the festival brings the quiet Essaouira to life with almost half a million visitors. Gnaoua World Music Festival celebrates the ethereal aura and impact of the creations of both local and international musicians. Renowned masters from all around the globe and across every genre of music flock to the Gnaoua World Music Festival to showcase their art and skills. This is the platform on which a new kind of sound is created with a balanced and masterly fusion of rock, jazz, blues, contemporary with the traditional and ethnic Gnaoua music. Technically, Gnaoua is a combination of Arabic, African and Berber rhythms and beats which is accompanied by dance. The continent of Africa has always raised the curiosity of the world community with its subtle blend of art, culture, music, history, architecture and an amazing variety of wildlife. The North African nation of Morocco has been maintaining this legacy of a versatile land with the Gnaoua World Music Festival. This gala event has its inception in 1998 and since then it has been a landmark in the cultural milieu of Morocco. All the shows in Gnaoua World Music Festival is free of cost thereby offering each and every one an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of a mind blowing and soul touching jam sessions. Thousands of visitors crowd the streets Morocco to feel the sublime atmosphere that can be created by music only.

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