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> Gnaoua Music Festival
post Jun 13 2008, 12:18 PM
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So if you happen to be in Morocco right now, one of the best festivals in the country is the Gnaoua/Gnawa Music festival in Essaouira. By itself, the city of Essaouria is a beautiful sea town 3 hours south of Marrakesh by bus definitely worth visiting any time. However the festival just adds more magic and mayhem.

Gnaoua are the descendents of slaves originating from Black Africa who established brotherhoods throughout Morocco. They are made up of master musicians (ma‚lem), metal castanet players, clairvoyants, mediums and their followers.

This year the festival dates are from June 26th to the 29th. For more information visit www.festival-gnaoua.net

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post Jun 13 2008, 12:27 PM
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Oh, how I wish I could be there!!! The festival seems great! The photos are a feast for the eyes smile.gif


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post Jun 13 2008, 12:53 PM
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That is really cool, thanks for letting us know about it.

And hey! Asian Dub Foundation was there!

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post Jul 12 2009, 10:26 PM
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I was at the Gnaoua Festival in 2005. So much fun to listen to the festival in the main area and the small ones late at night around the medina. Be ready for an explosion of people from other parts of N. Africa and Europe.

I have fond memories of Cafe French and many other little spots the kasba.
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