Les Voix de la Paix: The voices of Peace
Mawazine World Rhythms Festival Tribute Concert – Marrakech 29th May 2011
Morocco’s 10th annual Mawazine World Rhythms Festival, held in Rabat, would normally have concluded on 28th May. However a number of the Mawazine artists arrived in Marrakech, last night, to play a special post-festival tribute performance to honour the victims of the recent Argana Cafe bombing. A cheque for 3.5 Million Dirhams was presented, on stage, by a group of children from festival money raised; for the families of those killed.
Thousands of Marrakech Festival go’ers, including our Editor, turned up to the Motor Racing Stadium to enjoy the spectacle.
The eight-day music celebration brings together stars from around the world; this year that included Kayne West, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Amr Diab and Shakira, who closed the Rabat event with a concert on Saturday (May 28th).
Thirty-eight thousand spectators attended the performance of the Bollywood styled Indian group ‘Bharati’,(pictured at top of page) and 22,000 for the concert of Nigerian singer Femi Kuti, and other performances also saw a large turnout . Other stars performing include Lionel Richie, Quincy Jones, Iraqi Kazem El-Saher and Moroccan Abdel Wahab Doukkali.
Speaking via video link, English singer and “Super Tramp” founder Roger Hudson, said, “I think it is great and, based on my knowledge, the festival is a gift granted to the Moroccan public, through which they are offered various cultures and musical genres, which can therefore make the world continuous, as it is truly a global festival allowing for display of global cultures and likewise offers international artists to the Moroccan public. It’s a good idea.” Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) also commentated via Video on the big screens as did Joe Cocker.
Last years 2010; saw Elton John, Carlos Santana, Sting, Seal, Faudel and many other European, African and North American music stars light up the ninth Mawazine Rhythms festival; these gendary artists graced the stage along with Al Jarreau, Julio Iglesias, Harry Connick Jr. and Mika, and 1,500 other artists and musicians from 50 countries.