The Gnawa and World Music Festival

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Run by: Songlines Music Travel

Reference number: SLMTESS

From: £399.00

Essaouira is a picturesque port town on Morocco’s Atlantic coast. Built by the Portuguese it is full of narrow whitewashed alleyways and beautiful squares. It’s also an artistic community and a centre of Gnawa music. In June each year, it hosts the extraordinary Gnawa and World Music Festival.

Thousands of people crowd the streets, milling between the open-air stages. There’s a good range of top Gnawan musicians and international artists playing many different styles of music. There are great late night sessions getting you deep into the roots of Gnawa music.

The music shares its roots with American blues as the people were brought to Morocco as slaves from sub-Saharan Africa. As someone said, “the Africans who were brought to America as slaves created the blues, whilst those sent to Morocco created Gnawa”.

Our tour offers a long weekend in Essaouira, with two full days to enjoy the full range of the music and the opportunity to explore the narrow lanes of the old walled medina and the wonderful long beaches beyond.

All Songlines Music Travellers will receive an information sheet about the local music plus recommended recordings and DVDs.

This trip has no fixed departures but restrictions may apply - check operator website

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